Sometimes something that sounds so innocent can be a symptom of a larger issue. When your baby begins to teethe, often around 6 months of age, you will likely see an increase in drool. While drooling for most babies and toddlers is part of a natural process, sometimes either excessive drooling or drooling beyond teething can signal a bigger issue. Researchers have developed four theories as to why drooling might be the sign of something more than teething. Some children do not swallow frequently , or at least enough to be rid of the excess saliva.
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Please enter your location to help us display the correct information for your area. Our 3-year-old was recently diagnosed with autism. He has made progress and is now talking, requesting and labeling. But he drools all the time, and we have to wipe his face constantly.
Drooling, or loss of saliva from the mouth, may occur for a variety of reasons. Gum or tooth disease, upper respiratory infections, sinus infections, allergies, middle ear infections, gastroesophageal reflux, medications, mouth breathing, body position, level of activity, intensity of concentration, and level of alertness may affect control of secretions and may result in drooling. Abnormal patterns of movement or muscle weakness for the lips, cheeks, jaw and tongue may also result in drooling.
Drooling is an everyday issue for parents of infants and toddlers, especially when their child is teething or has a cold and is congested. Sometimes children just need a gentle reminder of the issue. Help them become aware of their drooling by deciding on a code word that alerts them to close their mouth. Weakness in the lips and the muscles that surround the mouth can also make it difficult for a child to keep their mouth closed, which leads to drooling.