Arya is a drooling baby.
She started drooling around two-months old as part of her normal development.
When she was younger Arya would drool constantly throughout the day. Now our drooling baby only drools when she is happy or excited.
In adults drooling can be a sign of a more serious illness. But for babies, drooling is a perfectly normal part of ordinary development.
Most babies start drooling shortly before they begin putting objects in their mouths. Drooling is also associated with the onset of teething. As there are common reasons why babies drool, drooling is not a cause for concern.
Over the past few weeks Arya has gained control over her drooling. Whereas she would drool every time she put an object in her mouth, now she only starts drooling when she laughs or gets excited. Drooling is harmless aside from the slimy mess left all around the house.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry only considers procedures to reduce drooling in babies who have cerebral palsy. In healthy children the organization notes the beneficial effect of saliva in minimizing baby dental caries and inhibiting the growth of bacteria.
Since the drool from a baby is essentially harmless, little academic research has explored baby drooling. Aside from the topic of psychoanalysis, there are no relevant studies on the subject. But having baby drool all over the house is a little disturbing.
We’ve used a continuous supply of baby bibs and dry cloths to keep the drool off objects in the house as well as off of Arya. We can’t stop baby from drooling, but we can do our best to make sure our drooling baby is as clean and dry as possible.