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5.3 Year Old w/Autism - First Loose Tooth!

post #1 of 15
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So my little guy has a loose tooth already! He acted as if he was in pain, and since he has had some trouble with the front uppers (bad teeth are a genetic thing for us, happily the rest of his teeth have always been fine), I thought maybe it was that. He ended up biting me when I went to see..oops

Later that day when I checked I noticed one of his teeth was loose - a bottom tooth right up front. First I worried it was my fault, he bit me pretty hard so I thought maybe it happened then. But we were out at the store later and I could see that a new tooth is coming in behind the loose one! My little guy has his first loose tooth!

My question is for those of you who have kids with special needs who have already lost a tooth/teeth (especially those whose kids don't wiggle their tooth) because G does NOT reach up to wiggle it or anything like that. I've gently moved it to see how much 'give' there is, and it seems fairly in there though the new tooth is already coming in behind it. It DOES shift backwards & forwards, however. He won't choke on it*, will he?? That's what is making me nervous, I know it's really small, but..yeah :/ (*that, or I'm concerned it won't budge at all, even with the new on coming in)

PS: Isn't it kind of early for him to be loosing teeth already? I was quite surprised that he is so soon!
post #2 of 15
I can't really help you but my ds1 has his first loose tooth and it kind of freaked him out at first. He won't wiggle his though either. I curious to see the replies.
post #3 of 15
We're already on our second lost tooth! DS is 5.5 yrs old, teethed very early as a baby (first tooth at 4 months) and has SPD, GAD, and (although not diagnosed it seems like possibly ADHD and mild Asperger's).

Anyway, I'm not sure how much help I can provide as DS is a "wiggly" kind of guy. He ALSO had teeth growing in right behind the baby teeth. His first tooth was pretty loose/dangling and all of a sudden he was playing with it and proclaimed "My tooth fell out!". Also, it bled a small bit but just a few spits in the sink - thought it would freak out DS, but thankfully didn't. The second one he lost about 2 weeks ago - it was SUPER (read: gross-out level) dangling - like he could move it with his tongue - and I too was so worried it would roll down his throat in his sleep. They are teeny tiny though, so I guess it's safe enough.

Does he have an older cousin or relative who would pull it out for him? (that is if getting it out is a concern). I never thought of this and then my 15 yr old nephew offered to pull DS' second tooth over Christmas (DS wasn't interested, but I can see how it might have worked out okay versus me trying to get it out which was not even a remote possibility. . . )

Anyway, not a lot of tips here, I just realized. And I thought that DS was quite young to lose teeth already.

Hope it all works out okay!! Good luck!
post #4 of 15
A friend of mine has a 6 year old aspie son. He had his first lost teeth recently and she got a few "losing my teeth" books from the library, and took him to the dentist just to talk about and look at how teeth come out, etc. He had a LOT of anxiety around it, so they talked about it tons. He was upset when it came out, but when the new one appeared, suddenly his axiety was gone.
post #5 of 15
According to our pediatric dentist, it's perfectly normal for a 5 year to start losing teeth.

My DS1 already has plenty of sensory issues, so when he has a loose tooth, he has difficulty eating. He avoids touching or wiggling the tooth, so it takes a few weeks before it's loose enough to come out. Sometimes it is painful enough to disturb his sleep, so we may give him some ibuprofen after dinner to make him more comfortable.

I think it's a good idea to check the tooth once a day, just so the child gets used to having his tooth examined. I talk about something positive that DS1 can do after the the tooth comes out, both to reduce his anxiety and to give him something to look forward to. He loves the whole Tooth Fairy myth, much to my surprise. We also have some easy reader books about having a loose tooth that have helped him understand what's happening.

When the tooth is really loose and bothers DS1 so much that he can't eat, he asks me to pull it out. We get a washcloth, some cotton balls and a cup of cold water. I pull the tooth as gently as possible while talking in a soothing tone of voice. I stroke his face gently to keep him calm. The calmer the child is, the less blood there will be. When the tooth comes out, I always ask if it feels better, which makes DS1 think about it, and he realizes that it actually does feel better. We rest and snuggle afterwards. His sixth loose tooth is probably coming out this weekend.
post #6 of 15
My aspie ds is 8.5 and has lost lots of teeth at this point. THe first one was the hardest. By the time you get to the 3rd or 4th, he'll be wiggling away if you've told him wiggling makes it come out faster, and once he's realized that the "tooth fairy" will leave him money (or whatever prize she brings to your house) under his pillow in exchange for the tooth.

It will likely come out while he's eating, so there is a very good chance he will swallow it. Ds swallowed one of his and was VERY upset. It's not dangerous to swallow a tooth. THey're so tiny, they just pass right through the digestive tract, IYKWIM.

When it gets really loose, he'll have a hard time eating. I had to give ds soft foods and cut everything up for him into bite size pieces, even PB&J sandwiches.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by williamsmommy2002 View Post
I can't really help you but my ds1 has his first loose tooth and it kind of freaked him out at first. He won't wiggle his though either. I curious to see the replies.
My son has an asperger's Dx.. he lost his first tooth at age 5 and now at nearly 7 has lost a total of 8 teeth. The first loose tooth totally freaked him out when it was loose and when it fell out he had a total meltdown.

You may want to start prepareing him for it's eventual loss..Mine got over his anxiety when he realized he'd be getting some $$.. he then computed how much he could get for his whole mouth and promptly asked when all his teeth were going to fall out

I don't think he can choke on it. I knew kids that swallowed their loose teeth when I was a gradeschooler..

GL!!
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by chantald View Post
My son has an asperger's Dx.. he lost his first tooth at age 5 and now at nearly 7 has lost a total of 8 teeth. The first loose tooth totally freaked him out when it was loose and when it fell out he had a total meltdown.

You may want to start prepareing him for it's eventual loss..Mine got over his anxiety when he realized he'd be getting some $$.. he then computed how much he could get for his whole mouth and promptly asked when all his teeth were going to fall out

I don't think he can choke on it. I knew kids that swallowed their loose teeth when I was a gradeschooler..

GL!!

We told him that his tooth falling out happened when he was a big boy. We also told him the tooth fairy would bring him money for it. I know he will have a huge meltdown when it happens. It hasn't been brought up for a few days now so we will see. It is a good thing that he is in a class with kindergarten and 1st grade and he is the youngest. That way he sees plenty of other kids go through it.
post #9 of 15
yeah, my guy is 11 and were heavy into molars now. he never wiggles teeth. he pretty much waits for them to fall out. he's swallowed 2 of them in the past. he swallowed the first one. he wasn't too freaked out at loosing the teeth, he just worried about it hurting i think. he's bleeder too (von Willebrand's disease) so molars have been LOTS of FUN. very gory, yuck!
post #10 of 15
My younger 2 both have vWD and I'm worried about when they start losing hteir teeth. Has it been bad? My youngest bled a lot when his teeth came IN, I can only imagine how much worse it's going to be when they fall OUT. Plus he's on the spectrum, 4yo isn't, so I can imagine that will make it even worse.
post #11 of 15
The few times my DS has yanked a tooth out before it was really "ready" it did bleed a lot.. The times he waited for it to fall out on it's own.. there has been no blood...
post #12 of 15
James (5 yo) was getting a new tooth when he passed away , so I'm assuming ds1 (his identical twin) will have a loose tooth any day now. They were early teethers.

I asked our dentist about kids losing teeth when they're non-verbal and cognitively delayed. He said a lot of kids aren't bothered by it, and if they are ibuprofen usually helps. He assured me that many kids swallow their teeth, and that it's okay...not a choking hazzard! I want to keep his first lost tooth, so whenever it happens--if he swallows it--I'll be diaper diving for a few days!

I keep wanting to check to see if ds1 has a loose tooth, but all I get is a sore finger.
post #13 of 15
the hardest part about bleeding and autism together is getting the kid to sit still for a few minutes to apply pressure, lol! it was HARD when he was a toddler/preschooler!

the front teeth were fine though, not too much bleeding. some of the molars have been tough. plus the worst ones are coming in weird. the new tooth is coming in above and in front of the old tooth making it really hard for it to push the old tooth out properly.

the good thing is that now that he is 11 years old i can easily get him to sit still. i have him bite down gently on a rolled up piece of gauze to apply pressure. the bad part is that as long as the loose tooth is still there it's really hard to apply pressure properly!

i guess i could take him in for a treatment to stop the bleeding, but his vWd type requires a blood product and i haven't vax'd him for hep a & b so i worry about that. i'll do anything to stop the bleeding at home.

so it seems that lots of our kids are more sensitive to the discomfort when it comes to wiggling those loose teeth. how are your kids for other pain? i swear my boy is oblivious to some types of pain. like any kind of banging or crashing into walls, lol. but i dare NOT touch a loose tooth of his!! sure wish he'd let ME wiggle it, hee-hee!

funny tooth story - the first tooth he lost, he swallowed it at school. he came home and his wiggly tooth was just gone. he didn't remember loosing it even and was surprised it wasn't there any more. he was a little sad of course because we told him about the tooth fairy. so i wrote a note to the tooth fairy for him explaining what had happened and the tooth fairy wrote back that it was okay because she waved her magic wand over his tummy and the tooth came back out of his mouth while slept and that's how she got his tooth and he got his money! he was very happy!
post #14 of 15
OMG!! This particular thread is EXACTLY what I've been looking for. My 5.5 yr old has 4 loose teeth! One of which is pretty loose, but not to the point of being dangly. He's got high functioning autism, so I'm finding extremely challenging convincing him to wiggle it. He's quite adamant against it. His bottom 2 front teeth are already growing in behind his baby teeth.

After 6 weeks of these loose teeth, I've finally opted for Orajel today. Hoping that we'll be a bit more successful.

If this doesn't work, I don't know what to do. I'm afraid that if there's a major delay in getting the baby teeth out, that it's going to have an impact on his adult teeth positioning. He's not a child I could imagine having braces.

Hrmmmm. Hoping others have some other suggestions. I've tried bribes (lol) and the tooth fairy is spoken of many times a day. I'm not sure where to go from here.
post #15 of 15
As far as the new tooth coming in before the old one gets too loose- DD1 had that with her bottom teeth- the new teeth came in and THEN the baby teeth loosened up and fell out, and the new teeth moved forwards into the proper position. The dentist assured us it was perfectly fine, but that he'd pull the baby teeth 6m later if they still hadn't fallen out by then AND if it was bothering her.
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