What Causes Baby Teeth Grinding?
Babies typically start to teeth between four and seven months of age, and it can be a stressful time – both for the baby and the parents. One stress indicator is teething-related grinding of teeth. This is not uncommon and there are a few possible causes.
Babies are not immune to stress, especially when going through transitional periods in their lives like teething. Teeth grinding, an action also known as bruxism, is a sign of anxiety. To reduce stress in your baby’s life, have a set routine and spend lots of quality time with them.
2. Teething Pain
Expectant parents are often warned about the effects of teething on their babies, but be prepared – the pain of emerging teeth can sometimes be very uncomfortable. Teeth grinding may be a way for babies to try and alleviate their discomfort.
3. Sleep Disruption
Similar to stress, sleep patterns are disturbed during major transitions in a baby’s life. Teething causes changes in the sleep and wake cycle. Babies may be in distress and teeth grinding can be a reflex caused by irritation.
Ways to Help
To help a teething and grinding baby, try the following:
- Gentle Massages – Gently rub the baby’s gums with a clean finger to offer relief.
- Teething Toys – Try a chilled teething ring or soft toy to gnaw on.
- Relaxing Bath – Warm baths can help calm them down and relax the muscles of their face.
- Nutrition – Make sure that their diet is balanced and adequate in minerals and vitamins, as deficiencies can exacerbate teeth grinding.
Every baby is different, so it may take a combination of solutions to find what works best for yours. If the behavior persists, seek the advice of a doctor.