Crachotis, small bubbles at the corner of the lip ... you spend your time looking for a soft fabric to dab her mouth, permanently wet! No worries, these inconveniences of the first months are transient.
To go away, a necessary learning
- It is 8 to 10 weeks after birth only that the salivary glands begin to function. This amount of liquid that your toddler suddenly discovers in his mouth (and has nothing to do with milk!) Surprised, but he does not have the reflex to swallow it. So he just lets it flow out! It will take him about another month to acquire the automatism to swallow.
- From 3 months, he becomes perfectly able to "manage" his saliva. Moreover, it produces it in large quantities only at the time of the meals, to facilitate the process of digestion. Apart from these peaks, the volume of saliva remains low and your baby swallows it without even realizing it!
- At more than 3 months, he begins to drool again. This hypersecretion of saliva occurs when it suffers from a dental flare or an inflammation of the mouth (rhino-pharyngitis, aphth ...). The irritation then causes an excitation of the pneumogastric nerve which controls the salivary glands. You can relieve her pain with paracetamol. But this will not affect the production of saliva until the irritation is gone.
The measures to be taken
- Give him a bib so that he does not wet his pajamas.
- Be sure to dab her mouth and chin regularly with a soft cloth. Because the skin does not like moisture that removes its defenses against microbes.
- Disinfect with a mild antiseptic his chin, if you see small red buttons appear.