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Toothache is a common problem faced by kids and adults. Whether your child is teething, has a loose tooth or a cavity, a toothache can be irritating and distressing. As a parent, you need to be gentle and nurturing when your child is has a toothache. Pain in your teeth might indicate professional care. Be it a short term or a severe issue, it is always best to check with the dentist. But until you get to the dentist, here are some toothache remedies for children to provide them relief.
Saltwater rinse helps in relieving pain and reducing the swelling. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in warm water and instruct your child to rinse their mouth by swish and spit. The salt helps in getting rid of the bacteria and the rinse will ease the toothache and swelling. You can use this method every few hours. Just make sure that the rinse is not too hot and the child spits instead of swallowing the salt water.
Applying a cold compress over the affected area will relieve your child of the pain and ease the swelling. Apply an ice pack on the cheek, over the area of pain for a couple of minutes. It can help numb the pain and swelling if the toothache is caused by injury, trauma or tooth decay. Avoid putting ice directly over the painful tooth, as this may lead to more pain. You can use a cold compress every few hours to provide relief.
Over the Counter Medication
Medication can help in temporarily relieving your child’s pain. Medicines such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen can be used under your doctor’s guidance. Some medications can have a negative impact in such conditions. Hence, you must take the dentist’s or your doctor’s advice before administering them.
Clove Oil is helpful in soothing the pain and numbing the area around the tooth. The antibacterial properties of clove oil are beneficial in easing a toothache. Put few drops of oil on cotton ball and gently dab it on the affected area to ease the pain.
Nutritious and Soft Food Items
To make their eating experience less traumatic, give them soft and less spicy food. Crunch down on hard foods and keep them away from chocolates and sweets, as these may increase pain and irritation. Toothache might increase sensitivity, therefore, avoid too hot or cold food as it can worsen the pain.
These toothache remedies for children will provide them temporary relief by easing pain and discomfort. Remember to not ignore oral pain, even if the toothache eases completely. It is essential to seek professional care to treat any symptoms before they turn into severe complications.