someone must know how to help me

Sarah - posted on 12/30/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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i was cleaning my 18 month old daughters room. i noticed blood on her pillow (she in a bed now) and i found more on her sheets. i thought she had cut herself some how and i checked her all over and i discovered she is chewing in the inside of her cheek. what do i do? how do i stop it? i hate thats shes doing that. she got a new tooth last week (her molar ) and i think thats when it started. but i need help.

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Jackie - posted on 02/05/2010

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Claire, I was thinking the exact same thing...but the problem is that stuff sticks to the metal of the braces....doesn't stick to teeth that well. B/c I remember misplacing mine a few times and it just gets wet and falls off. So tehre would be no way to keep it in place that I could think of....but can't hurt to ask.

Claire - posted on 02/04/2010

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I'm going to suggest something that may work, but she probably won't let you do it until she's asleep. Talk to an orthodontist and get some of the soft wax they use to pad the braces and help keep the mouth from getting roughed up. It won't hurt her, and she'll probably spit it out in the morning.

Jackie - posted on 02/04/2010

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Unless its an unusual amount of blood i wouldn't worry about it to much. i would be more concerned that it just doesn't get to inflamed...see if you can flush it with a saline syringe or something just to make sure (may help it heal faster too). we all know that once you bite your cheek once and it puffs up it just happens over and over and takes forever to heal. But unless it seems to turn into a "nervous" habit or something I wouldn't be too concerned.

And on the other posts...I don't really see how giving a pacifier is going to stop chewing on her cheek. I wouldn't be promoting or starting a bad habit unless a doctor tells you that you absolutely have to.

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I would say give the pacifier a try even if you normally wouldn't?? If she keeps it up I would consult ur doctor! Good luck!

Tina - posted on 01/02/2010

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Maybe it is an isolated incidence. When my daughter cut her first molar she kept biting her cheek with it...and it turned blue on the outside. She is probably just getting used to the new feel. Could she have had a nosebleed? Those are very common to when it gets cold outside...Either way- I would not worry to much- she'll get used to those suckers in a hurry!

Amber - posted on 12/30/2009

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She sounds like she is still swollen form her tooth cutting through. I am not sure what you can really do. Do you let her use a binkey? I only let my son use it when he sleeps at night. It helped while he was going through the teething faze.

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