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What causes teeth biting in sleep? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 17-Nov-2014
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User:Hello Doctor, Good morning
Doctor:Good morning
User:my son XXXX who is 3 years old now
User:from last one week during night in sleep, he is bitting his teeth and making sound
User:I am concerned, what do you think about it
Doctor:Ok, i would like to know any recent illness or fever?
User:yes he had fever two weeks back, we consulted a Doctor. He gave some medicines and he doesn't any fever
User:but he has cold now
Doctor:any nasal blockage?
User:yes he has some nasal blockage
Doctor:Have you noticed difficulty in sleep?
Doctor:sorry difficulty in breathing during sleep?
User:yes he is not having sound sleep from last one week. gets up in between, sometimes cries and goes back to sleep
Doctor:I think because of cold he is not able to sleep which is causing some breathing difficulty hence he wakes up and cries
Doctor:I would suggest you NASOCLEAR nasal saline drops
Doctor:Instill 2 drops in each nostril 4-5 times a day especially instill before bed
Doctor:give steam inhalation before bed which relives nasal blockage
User:I am worried about bitting his teeth hard in sleep and sound
User:any suggestions for that?
Doctor:Sound due to nasal blockage and bitting mostly because cold which irritates him during sleep
Doctor:It is very common in kids
Doctor:so need not to worry
User:in the past he had cold and nasal blockage problems, but never seen bitting teeth during sleep
Doctor:it is not necessary to happen every time
User:ok I just googled about it. I think the right word is grinding teeth during night
Doctor:if it happens even after resolve of cold then it may due to some thing which makes him tense
Doctor:It is called as Bruxism
Doctor:It can be caused by fear or stress
Doctor:Actually there is no exact cause for it
User:ok can you please explain a bit more about Bruxism and what we can do to treat that
Doctor:Bruxism can be due to illness, nutritional deficiency or mental stress
Doctor:Do some body massage and stretching exercises before bed
User:do you recommend to consult a dentist?
Doctor:Some times dehydration can cause it so make sure that baby well hydrated, sometimes because of cold parents do not give water
Doctor:Yes but not now wait for few days
Doctor:Observe him until cold resolves and mainatain hydration, if it happens again and again then visit adentist
Doctor:I also suggest you give Zincovit syrup
Doctor:1.5 ml Once a day
Doctor:Are you there?
User:I am here
Doctor:Do you have any more queries?
User:I do have one more query related to my daughter who is 4 years 7 months now
User:I lost her vaccination record. So would like to know what all vaccination we need to give her now?
Doctor:at this age OPV3 and DTP B2, MMR2, these vaccines should give between 4-6 years, so visit your pediatrician who can give you new chart
User:ok thank you
Doctor:Thank you
Doctor:Do you have any more queries?
Doctor:Thanks for visiting me here. Bye for now.
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