Drooling is a term used for excessive salivation in toddlers; the medical term for which is ‘Sialorrhea’. This is commonly observed in the initial two years of the baby’s life and it halts on its own. However, in some conditions the drooling doesn’t stop on its on its own and continues till 4 years and beyond; these situations must be tested and treated accordingly.Excessive drooling in toddlers could happen due to reasons like teething, nasal infections or allergies, respiratory tract infections and so on. Some other contributing factors include swollen tonsils along with fever, and some types of neurological disorders. Listed down below are 5 home remedies for excessive drooling in toddlers.
1. Intake Of Cold Fluids
Drinking cold water or cold fruit juices help in reduces the irritation of the gums as well as the neighbouring areas which contribute to the drooling. Adjust the temperature as per your individual needs and your baby’s preference; such as it is not too cold not too warm. The best way is to give small proportions of these cold juices to your baby at frequent intervals to continue the feeling of relief. Pineapple juice in particular is known to reduce salivation and thus imparts an added benefit to excessive drooling.
2. Cold Chewy Foods
One of the predominant cause of excessive drooling in toddlers is irritant and pressurized gums which mainly happens due to teething. To reduce these factors chewing on cold foods such as ice pops, ice creams, frozen fruits etc. is a good remedy. In addition to these, any preferred food in cold form works. Ensure these ice pops or other cold foods are given to the child under supervision as they hold potential of choking and other harms.
3. Avoid Highly Sour Or Highly Sweet Foods
Foods that are too sour in nature or too sweet in taste usually tend to irritate the gums as well as your food pipe. Some of these food items also increase the saliva production; this particularly happens with sugary foods such as chocolates, sweet cakes etc. Thus to avoid excessive drooling in toddlers very sweet or sour foods must be ideally avoided or given in small amounts.
4. Ginger Tea
Ginger is an anti-irritant and soothing agent; it soothes our food track as well as helps reduce allergies and infections. It also helps in reducing the amount of saliva which is produced. These properties are multiplied when ginger is added to a solution of tea and thus it is very beneficial to give small amounts of ginger tea for reducing drooling in toddlers. For an added benefit you may add few leaves of basil while boiling the tea.Small frequent intake of this black ginger tea is very effective in reducing excess salivation.
5. Teething Aids
One of the major causes of drooling or excess salivation is teething; this can be relieved with the help of teething aids. These are nothing but small objects such as teether which helps relax the irritant itchy gums.They come in attractive shapes and colours and the child can chew on them to soothe their itchy gums. It is even more beneficial to put the teether in refrigerator and then use it, as it gives better relief. You can also use a cold cotton cloth as a teething aid. Just make sure these things are clean and sterile before use.