Waking up your little munchkin is quite joyous as you eagerly await his/her little coos. You are also in for a surprise as there are sticky patches of white near the little one’s mouth which is nothing but saliva that flows out unintentionally. Its understandable that infants drool a lot during their first two years of birth as they don’t develop total control over swallowing and the muscles of the mouth until after 24 months or so. This also brings upon yet another question that lingers in our minds-What about our teenage children or adults who are rather embarrassed with their drooling practice occasionally?
Accept it or not, drooling happens in most of us once in a while most probably during sleep. Its common to sleep with our mouths closed but some people (for instance, those with a blocked nose) sleep with their mouths open as breathing happens via the mouth. Swallowing happens less frequently during sleeping and in such people, it can cause saliva to accumulate and ooze from the sides of the mouth.
It’s also common for people to drool while they are awake due to problems such as an infection, neurological condition or other issues. It’s been noticed that individuals with Parkinson’s disease, amyopathic lateral sclerosis, myasthenia gravis and a history of stroke and traumatic brain injuries are likelier to drool.
Neurological problems affect the muscles and nerves that control swallowing. This prevents the mouth from closing to swallow the saliva and prevents the individual from controlling the saliva that drips out. Other conditions such as epiglottitis where the epiglottis (cartilage in the back of the throat that helps in swallowing) swells, Bell’s palsy where face muscles become weaker and Guillain-Barre syndrome (an autoimmune disease that harms nerves throughout the body) can also cause drooling.
Infections such as sinusitis, tonsils and strep throat can prohibit swallowing and lead to drooling. There is also a chance that diets high in acidic contents can cause excess saliva production. Struggling to identify those foods that are high in acidic content? The website www.firsteatright.com has the perfect solution to your problem listing down the high-acidic content foods.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.