By the time your baby is around two months old, you may find yourself with more and more soggy blankets, drool rags, and onesies. Sure, non-stop drool can be messy, but you should not be too worried as this is a part of the baby’s development. So to help you understand more about this phenomenon, here are the things you should know about baby’s drooling.
What Is Drooling in Children
If you find your baby is drooling a lot, it could be due to an underdeveloped baby’s oral organ structure or increased salivary glands that lead to this. Drooling is the phenomenon of excess saliva produced in the mouth. As your baby is still small and their oral cavity is not fully developed yet, it may be unable to prevent the flow, causing saliva to spill out randomly. In addition, your baby does not have complete control over the swallowing reflex yet, so they will not swallow the excessive drools.
When Will Your Baby Start to Drool
Usually, babies will start drooling in their first two years of life. Don’t be surprised if you find your baby drools even when they are sleep. Therefore, your baby’s bibs are now not just for the meals. You should let your baby wear bibs to prevent saliva from dripping, clean your baby’s mouth are frequently, and always have extra clothes in preparation. According to child health experts, this condition will last continuously until the time your baby is 18 to 24 months of age and it becomes more noticeable during your baby teething period.
Though it may not be easy to notice, it’s common that babies start droolings when they reach 1 – 3 months of age. You may even not see any signs of drooling in your baby at all. This is happening due to the fact that your infant usually is placed facing the ceiling during this period. By the time they reach 6 months, their salivary production is a little more controlled but it does not stop. As your baby now can star babbling or put their toys in mouth, make sure to clean their chin skin area regularly to prevent rash. In addition, your baby may start teething at this stage, which may make them drool even more.
By 15 months, most babies begin to walk and run, but they may not drool while walking or running. However, when they begin to enjoy an activity that requires concentration, they may be drooling at this time.
When they reach 18 months, your child will not produce much saliva during normal activities or in the process of participating in activities that require flexible motor skills. However, they can still drool while fed or dressed. And after 24 months, your baby’s droolings will be greatly reduced or even disappear. If the child continues to drool after 2 years of age, this is no longer a simple matter. You should take your child to see a pediatrician find out the cause and have solutions.
Why Drooling Is Important For Your Baby’s Development
Drooling is the sign for different physical developments of your baby. It is the most noticeable signs of teething, which means that your baby is getting ready for other foods rather than milk. If you notice your baby salivating while smelling food, your baby’s sense of smell is developing. Researchers believe that a baby’s excess drool production is proof of a developing digestive system. So the appearance of drool is likely a sign that your baby’s digestive system is developing rapidly.
In addition, saliva protects your babies’ gut and may also protect their toys and other objects with disease-preventing proteins and antibodies. On top of that, saliva contains enzymes that are very helpful for children to digest semi-solid foods. This is very important if your baby is in their weaning period. Saliva also neutralizes stomach acid and aids in the growth of intestinal mucosa while protecting this lining from irritation. And last but not least, salvia makes it easier for your baby to swallow food down.
There you go, now you have the things you should know about baby’s drooling. Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments!