Drooling is a fairly common condition in newborns and usually begins at 3 months of age. Some babies drool not much, but in some cases, your babies may need several bibs throughout the days. So what makes your baby has excessive salvation? Let’s discover why your baby drooling too much.
1. Droolings Is a Sign of Teething
Teething is the most common reason for drooling in a baby. In most cases, drooling is the sign for your baby’s teething process begins. Normally babies will start their teething period at about 8 months of age but some babies may start it earlier. You may find your baby droolings since they reach 3 months of age due to teething. As new teeth erupt, it will make your child feel uncomfortable and start drooling more. In addition, there are some other symptoms that can notify you about this process. For example, your baby put everything that they hold on to their mouth, start chewing things, become irritable, restlessness, lack of sleep, or may have a low fever. So if you find your baby having these symptoms and they are droolings too much, your baby is teething
2. Your Baby Keep Their Mouth Open For A Long Time
If your child has a habit of always opening their mouth for a long time, they may start to drools. In many cases, if your baby has a stuffy, blocked nose they may have to breathe through their mouth and keep it open for a long time. As they keep their mouth open, they won’t be able to swallow the saliva at regular intervals and hence may drool.
3. Drooling Due to Concentration.
When babies and toddlers focus on activities they like, their minds will get stimulated. On stimulation, the saliva production increases six-fold. In addition, their ability to swallow excessive salvia is not fully developed yet. On top of that, when babies concentrate on something, their attention is diverted from mouth position and tongue movements. As a result, they will start drooling.
4. Hunger and Food
The salvia production is believed to have connections with people digestive system and your baby is no exception. If your baby is in hunger, their taste will be easily stimulated if they smell foods and start to produce more salvia. This will then result in drooling. In addition, it has been found that some foods, mainly those that are naturally acidic, have the effect of activating excessive salivary glands. If you give your baby these foods, they probably will drool even more
5. Droolings Due To Some Medical Conditions
Drooling and excessive salivation can be a sign of many neurological disorders like Bell’s palsy and Cerebral Palsy. Bell’s palsy is a temporary nerve condition that impacts one portion of the face. Diseases affecting the brain like cerebral palsy, Bell’s palsy, and Wilson’s disease affect muscle control, which thus causes difficulty in swallowing, pooling of saliva in the mouth, and abnormal lip position, all of which may lead to drooling.
6. Side Effects of Some Drugs Can Lead To Droolings
Normal facial muscle activity in children may also be affected by medication. Some medications used to induce sleep, reduce pain, a drug used for eye checkups in children, or even in mothers of breastfed babies can cause increased saliva production. In addition, heavy metal poisoning can also cause hypersalivation, which will lead to drooling in baby
7. Poor Oral Hygiene
Salivation is the body’s natural reflex to wash away dirt, food, or mouth bacteria. Poor oral hygiene also causes the body to produce more saliva to cleanse the mouth area.
There you go, you have the reasons why your baby drools too much. Drooling is a natural way of helping the baby to moisten and soften solid foods and makes it easy to swallow the food. Although it fulfills many important functions for the baby, keep a close watch if drooling increases. Get medical attention to address the problem before it worsens.
You should consult a doctor if your child drools even after he crosses the age of four. Uncontrollable drooling that is caused by medical conditions can be addressed by consulting a pediatrician. Talk to your baby’s doctor so they can provide your best advice for therapy or medication However, if the therapy or medication is unable to provide relief, you should consider a higher level of treatment.