Baby Care

Why Does My Child Grind Her Teeth?

Have you ever noticed your child when he/she is sleeping making sounds of grinding the teeth? This is quite common in kids and it is known as Bruxism. 

Bruxism is the term that means grinding of teeth or the clenching of jaws. This occurs when the child is in deep sleep, or because of stress.

What are the signs of Bruxism?

  • When your child makes grinding noises when sleeping
  • When there is a sore jaw or face after waking up
  • Experiencing pain when chewing

What are the Causes of Bruxism?

There is no known reason why bruxism occurs but experts observe kids could tend towards it when the following occurs

  • When the top teeth and bottom do not meet
  • As a way of responding to pain, which could be teething or earache
  • Response to stress situation like adjusting to a new school setting, a change in environment
  • It is present with some medical conditions like cerebral palsy
  • Some medicines could make children develop bruxism
  • Hyperactive kids may also have bruxism

What are the effects of Bruxism?

Some cases of bruxism go away on its own with no effect; some others cause headaches, earaches.

In a  more severe case,  where bruxism happens a lot it leads to the wearing down of tooth enamel, increases temperature sensitivity, chipped teeth, severe facial pain and jaw problems.

How to do you treat Bruxism?

  • Most kids outgrow bruxism about the time they lose their milk teeth
  • If you notice, your child grinds his/her teeth
  • Observe what could be the cause of bruxism in your child. If it is the reaction to a change of environment, stress then try to calm the child down, take a shower, play soothing music and read a book etc
  • It is also very necessary to visit the dentist if it continues

Please note that bruxism is a medical condition that has a higher chance of going away on its own with a close observation from parents, good communication and dental visits over time.


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The Dangerous Impact Sugar Could Have On Your Baby’s Brain

Kids have sweet-tooth so they are so in love with sweet things but you shouldn’t indulge them all the time. To parents who often pamper their kids with sweet things, you might want to read this article  so you can be motivated to reduce the amount of sugar your child takes.

A new research published in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience says that sugar might have the same impact on a child’s brain as psychological trauma.

Content of the study

Australian and Indian researchers set out at the beginning of their study with a hypothesis: could foods high in sugar and fat assist in regenerating a hippocampus damaged by stress.

The hippocampus is the part of the brain responsible for short- and long-term memories and your sense of direction. And when it is exposed to stress, conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may set in.

The researchers examined newborn rats who had stress-damaged hippocampi due to poor nesting. In order to see if sugar and fat could ‘heal’ this damage, different groups of the rats were exposed to diets containing various amounts of sugar and fats — and the extreme opposite of the researchers’ original hypothesis was shown to be true.

What they discovered was that sugar (as well as stress) reduced the re-growth of damaged brain cells in the hippocampus by more than 40%, also affecting the ability to learn new things.

What this means is that, consuming too much sugar may result in serious psychiatric issues, similar to those caused by extreme stress.

And even though this study was conducted on rats, the authors caution that “if similar effects occur in humans, early life adversity and high sugar diet may independently increase the risk for psychopathology later in life.”

It was also noted that “limiting consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages across the community may be an effective way to curtail the burden of psychiatric disorders.”

So yeah the study was conducted on rats but would you risk it when there’s a way around it? Simply treating your children to sweet things on rare occasions will do.

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