Does your little one suddenly have buckets of sticky, slimy drool dripping out of his mouth?
Drooling profusely is a rather obvious sign of teething that many babies display.
While you might be so over washing those bucketloads of spit-drenched bibs and onesies, all that saliva your little one produces during teething actually has a purpose.
According to US based paediatrician Ken Haller, the saliva helps cool and soothe your teething baby’s tender and swollen gums. It is also thought that the antibodies in your baby’s saliva help protect him from infections picked up via germs on items he might put in his mouth.
Parents, do keep in mind that not all drooling may be related to teething. Here are some exceptions:
- Oversized tonsils:Little ones with bigger-than-average tonsils might have issues swallowing, resulting in excess drool.
- Infections: According to MedlinePlus, infections of the throat area such as strep throat and tonsillitis, can make your baby drool excessively. Infections may also make your little one’s adenoids swell up, again causing lots of drooling.
If you think your baby's drooling is not related to teething, please see a doctor without delay.