Turning six is when most kids start to lose their baby teeth and watch their adult teeth grow in. When their 6 year old molars come in, they may experience a mild fever, swollen gums, mild diarrhea, and other symptoms they had when they were teething babies.
Fortunately, there are several things you as a parent can do in in order to reduce any discomfort or pain your child may be experiencing. You can give them an over-the-counter pain medication, gently massage your child’s gums, try a teething ring, or give them a frozen washcloth.
If you notice your child has slightly swollen glands, know that this is normal. However, if their cheeks and other parts of their face are swollen, they may have a cold or respiratory infection or a more serious problem. It’s a wise move to take your child to the dentist if they have a swollen lymph node.
A dentist can examine your child’s mouth and lymph nodes and let you know whether you should be concerned. They may recommend that you visit a pediatrician. The underlying cause of your child’s swollen lymph nodes will determine the treatment plan a pediatrician may suggest. In many cases, no treatment is necessary and the swelling will subside on its own.
However, if your child’s swollen lymph nodes are painful or tender and affecting their day to day life, an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen may be a good option. In addition, a warm compress can soothe painful or tender lymph nodes.
If you believe your child’s 6 year old molars are causing their swollen lymph nodes, it is in your best interest to schedule an appointment at Wainright & Wassel DDS, Raleigh’s top dental office. Their team will work to help your child find the relief they deserve.