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What does baby drooling mean?

As a new parent, it can be surprising to see your baby drooling so much. But rest assured, drooling is a common and regular part of a baby’s development. In fact, it can even be a sign that your baby is growing and developing as they should. 

Why do babies drool? 

Babies drool for a variety of reasons. For young babies, drooling is often simply a result of the development of their mouths and digestive systems. As they begin to explore the world around them, they may put objects in their mouths and drool as a natural response. 

Drooling in babies is a normal part of development and is usually nothing to be concerned about. It is common for babies to drool as their mouths develop and they begin to explore objects with their mouths. 

Drooling can also be a sign of teething, as the excess saliva helps to soothe the gums and make it easier for teeth to emerge. Some babies may drool more than others, and the amount of drooling can vary depending on the baby’s age, developmental stage, and individual characteristics. 

 

For older babies, drooling can be a sign of teething. As their teeth begin to emerge, the excess saliva helps to soothe their gums and make the process more comfortable. 

Is excessive drooling normal? 

While drooling is normal, excessive drooling can sometimes be a cause for concern. If your baby is drooling so much that it is causing skin irritation or frequent clothing changes, it may be a good idea to talk to your pediatrician. Excessive drooling can be a sign of other issues, such as allergies, reflux, or an infection. 

What can you do about drooling? 

While you can’t prevent your baby from drooling altogether, there are a few things you can do to help manage it. First, be sure to keep a supply of soft, absorbent cloths or bibs on hand to wipe away excess saliva. You may also want to apply a barrier cream or petroleum jelly to your baby’s chin to help protect their skin from irritation. 

If your baby is teething, you can also try giving them a teething toy to chew on. The pressure can help to soothe their gums and encourage the emergence of new teeth. 

When to seek medical attention 

In some cases, drooling can be a sign of a more serious issue. If your baby suddenly starts drooling excessively or has trouble swallowing or breathing, seek medical attention right away. These symptoms could indicate choking, respiratory distress, or other serious conditions that require immediate treatment. 

However, excessive drooling or drooling that is accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, coughing, or irritability may be a sign of an underlying health issue and should be evaluated by a healthcare provider.  

In most cases, however, drooling is simply a natural part of a baby’s development. By staying vigilant and taking steps to manage excessive drooling, you can help ensure that your baby stays healthy and happy as they grow and develop.