November 21, 2002
Stemming a child's pain
(HealthDayNews) -- It's the middle of the night and your child wakes up with a throbbing tooth. What can you do to soothe the pain?
The Children's Hospital in Richmond, Va., offers this advice:
- Gently clean the area near the tooth with a toothbrush and use dental floss to dislodge trapped food.
- Don't place aspirin on the tooth or gum.
- If your child's face is swollen, apply a cold compress.
- Give your child an over-the-counter pain reliever.
- Get to the dentist as soon as possible.