Toothache pain is troubling for both the child and parents. If your child is experiencing tooth pain, she may have difficulty sleeping at night and have a low-grade fever. Additionally, your child may find it difficult to eat or drink and experience heightened sensitivity to heat, cold and even touch.
As a first line of defense, you may help by gently rinsing the child’s mouth with warm. salt water. In the case of any swelling, a cold compress applied to the cheek may provide a little relief. Acetaminophen can be used if appropriate for the child (if there are no allergy issues and the child has had acetaminophen before) if the pain is severe.
Once the immediate comfort needs are addressed, it is important to call your child’s pediatric dentist and schedule to have the tooth examined as soon as possible. The dentist can help determine the cause of the pain – perhaps from infection, cavity or other problem. Treating the condition appropriately and promptly is key to getting a smile back on your little one’s face as soon as possible.