Tooth Troubles

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.
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