How to Prevent Your Child From Tooth Grinding And Whingeing


Tooth grinding

When teeth are noisily ground by day, this is usually associated with severe intellectual disability. But tooth grinding at night is extremely common in normal, well-adjusted children.

Dentists worry that the repeated grinding can cause long-term tooth damage, while parents are more concerned by the noise. Some people believe that tooth grinding can cause malocclusion of the jaw, while others suggest that malocclusion can be the reason why they grind. Whatever is going on, discuss it with your dentist. If your child’s teeth are becoming worn your dentist will provide a small night splint to give protection.

In your great-grandmother’s day tooth grinding was thought a sure sign of worm infestation. But she got her ends mixed up: any worm that is out and about at night is at the bottom, not the top end.

Tooth Grinding

Whingeing

Some children are born with an amazing talent for whingeing. When smacked by the midwife at birth, they don’t cry, they just start whingeing. The grumbles go on through childhood, and presumably, as adults they complain about everything then join a protest group.

At the other end of the spectrum there is a remarkable breed of children who are totally whinge-free. They take life as it comes and never complain. As adults they can cope with all the major disasters such as flood, fire, and earthquake, even bad hair cuts, wet Saturdays and parking tickets.

Finally, there are those children who don’t start out as complainers but learn to whinge because it gets them what they want.

If you have a whinge-free child, light candles and give thanks for your good fortune. If whingeing is a learned habit used to change our decision, we must stand by our guns and prevent paying off.

  • Give maximum attention for no whinge and, when possible, withhold attention for whingeing.
  • When addressed, recognize the child is speaking, even if you can’t answer their question immediately.
  • If you ignore a child’s attempts to talk politely they may replace this with whingeing.
  • If you can’t address their problem now, state clearly when you will answer their question. Say, I hear you -I will be with you in thirty seconds.’
  • When you make an unwise decision, be quick to say, ‘I got it wrong.’ A quick turnaround removes the need to whinge.
  • When you have got it right, don’t let whingeing change the referee’s decision.
  • Label whingeing for what it is: ‘That’s whingeing. I don’t answer whingeing.’
  • Set some rules. ‘If you are quiet for two minutes and ask again properly.’
  • With a child who is a born whinger, anticipate, divert, ignore, occupy, put in another room, go outside, play music, use time out.
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About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.

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