Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Lucia | 2009-12-06

Q.

Possible reasons for grinding teeth (in sleep)

My son has just turned 3. I noticed that he grinds his teeth (in his sleep only!). What coud the possible reasons be for doing this? If it is " normal" behaviour that would go away over a period of time - then fine. I' m just concerned that he might be nervous about something (which is not obvious as he seems to be a very happy boy both at home and daycare). Please advise. Thanks.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The cause of teeth grinding is not always obvious.The medical name for teeth grinding is 'bruxism' It is difficult to treat and usually continues in children until the permanent teeth appear.You can try an old fashioned safe antihistamine called Aterax syrup 2.5ml at night. If this dose does not help then try 5ml at night.

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