I'm a dentist.
Leave it alone. Bruxism is very common among children, and usually subsides as they get older and their occlusion (i.e. bite) is established.
In rare cases, bruxism can be severe to the point where the child is absolutely destroying his/her teeth and/or damaging his/her temporomandibular joint. In such cases, treatment is warranted. Again, this is very rare, and your child's dentist would likely catch this during a routine clinical exam and/or on routine dental radiographs.
A panoramic radiograph is highly appropriate on children between the ages of 7 and 10--just to make sure everything is looking normal. Admittedly, other doctors may only choose to take panoramic radiographs when children are in their teens.
VERY IMPORTANT: Some idiot above me suggested that your child wear an occlusal guard, based on his/her "25 years of experience in the medical/dental field". Obviously, they haven't learned a damn thing. Occlusal guards are semi-rigid to rigid devices. And what do rigid devices do to the jaws of children who are growing? They modify the growth of the child's jaw. Sounds like a pretty f-ing lousy idea to put a child in an occlusal guard, now doesn't it!
Let this be a lesson to you, and to all of you who ask health-related questions on these boards. The vast majority of people answering your questions have no clue what the hell they're talking about.
· 1 decade ago