Why does a baby drool?

Oksana Logunova
Oksana Logunova
February 15, 2013
Why does a baby drool?

For many mummies, copious salivation becomes a serious concern. Since birth, most babies can have this problem. In this article we will try to answer in more detail the question: why does a child drool? In most cases, do not be afraid of this phenomenon, since in fact it is harmless and does not entail serious complications.


  • All newborn babies have salivary glands with little secret activity. As a rule, saliva is excreted in very small amounts and is viscous in structure. If a month-old baby is drooling, this is most likely due to the immaturity of the system of regulation of salivation. In most cases, this is the norm from the age of one and a half months, since the activity of these glands begins to increase.
  • The most common cause is teeth cutting. It was at this time that most children develop a particularly strong salivation, which is not to be afraid of, since with the cessation of the growth of teeth, it also stops.
  • Sometimes a large salivation occurs when allergic rhinitis, bactericidal and viral infections or congenital defects. In this case, you must contact your pediatrician.

What to do

Many are interested in the question: what to do if a child is 2 months drooling? Excessive salivation from your baby must be wiped out, moreover, regularly. So that clothes that become wet from saliva do not cause a rash and irritation in an infant. Try to change wet clothes as often as possible and wear a bib.

If the saliva still caused irritation, then it is necessary to spread the chin and the area around the mouth with baby cream or vaseline. Make sure that the ointment does not get on the lips of the baby, and he did not lick her tar.

Dear mothers, if your baby is drooling for 3 months, do not worry, since it is at this age that the salivary glands begin to form in the body along with the endocrine glands. And since the baby at this age can swallow only when sucking, then a large salivation is the norm.

Dangerous signals

An alarm signal is usually excessive saliva production over the age of three years. The reasons may be as follows:

  • Congenital defect that affects swallowing, which leads to accumulation of saliva in the mouth.
  • Possible pseudobulbar syndrome, which can manifest violation of the muscles of the tongue, upper palate, pharynx.
  • Allergic rhinitis, which can be both seasonal, appearing on pollen and grass, as well as year-round.
  • Cerebral palsy, sometimes genetic abnormalities or traumatic brain injuries can lead to the development of this disease. And in this case, the natural consequence is excessive drooling.

Dangerous syndromes in most cases are not confirmed, but seeking medical attention is obligatory. After all, a three-year-old child sprinkling with saliva is already a deviation from the norm.