I don't know if this is exactly bf related, but I thought I'd ask here to see if anyone has any experience with this, or has ideas of where I could go for more information.
My 2-year-old ds grinds his teeth at night. He has done this for awhile. I don't know if there is anything that can be done about it. His teeth grinding is one symptom, another are his overall bf habbits.
We had a lot of problems when he first started getting teeth. I don't know how he does it, but he nurses with his tongue back in his mouth, so his bottom teeth were scraping me raw. Anyway, the other thing he does is that his jaw clamps down once he starts to drift off to sleep. It is almost like a reflex action for him.
I tried to tap into every resource I could find at the time, from bulletin boards, websites, LLL leaders and groups, and LCs, and no bf resource I found mentioned problems like ours. Through lots of trial-and-error I learned how to cope with this, and we have had a great bf relationship since. We worked hard on his latch, but I still have to keep my thumb on his jaw, and I pull down when he starts to fall asleep, then I slip my finger in and pry his jaw loose at the right time. I've gotten this down to a science.
Anyway, I've started to worry that all of this might be symptoms of some other problem. Or, it might be hindering his jaw development, or cause other problems later, likeTMJ. I'm not exactly staying up nights over this, but it does cross my mind from time to time.
Does anyone have any ideas?