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Nocturnal teeth-grinding.

My daughter is two and a half. She grinds her teeth when she sleeps so loudly, it sounds like she's cracking nuts! The doctor suggested a sedative, but I don't really want to give her sleeping pills. What other options are there?

Teeth-grinding is very common in children of a nervous disposition and may cause problems with the jaw. Take her to the dentist to make sure her teeth are coming through with no problems.
As her teeth are still milk teeth, there is no point in treating the problem, wait ubntil he has her adult teeth, around age six before you start worrying. To help her sleep better, try giving her a plant-based sedative or some Calpol.




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