My baby boy started drooling in his 3rd mth and I worry that it is due to the viral meningitis he had when he was 7 weeks old. He is now 5.5 mths,and still drooling excessively. He likes to eat whatever things he can grasp, and he is growing accordingly.
As I said, he had viral meningitis at 7 weeks, and hospitalised for 4 days. He has passed the hearing test, and PD said he is normal and grows as a 5th mth baby.
Just worried that the drooling is an after effect of the meningitis. Or is it just a normal process for some babies?
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Baby Drooling – A Side Effect Of Viral Meningitis?
First of all, drooling is very much part of being a baby. Many babies drool a lot and it doesn’t seem to bother them. Some babies tend to drool so much (regardless of any teething), that they spend their first year wearing a drooling bib every day… Just imagine how wet it will be when these babies are teething..!
Your baby is now in an age when he could be teething and you can find teething symptoms here.
Regarding the drooling being an effect of viral meningitis, I never heard of that side effect. I do know that possible two after effect for young babies are a somewhat delayed speech development as well as hearing impairment, but that is usually not after viral meningitis, but rather after bacterial meningitis. Viral meningitis also can have after effects, and more so in infants than older children and adults, but the effects are more related to balance, concentration, mood and head aches and not typically drooling. You can find more information about viral meningitis and after effects of both viral and bacterial after effects here. (Opens in new window.)
If you are worried, why not ask the doctors that took care of your son while he was ill (or some other informed pediatrician).
I wish you good luck and sincerely hope that the drooling has nothing to do with your baby’s meningitis or any other issue than being a baby!
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