Q. My toddler's a major drooler. Is that normal?
A. Yes, drooling usually is normal in infants and toddlers -- my 8-month-old has been sliming the whole family. Your child simply isn't bothered enough by saliva to swallow it right away. I only get concerned if a child can't swallow. This can happen if he has a sore throat or mouth sores -- or if he's swallowed something that got stuck or is causing irritation. Call your pediatrician if he shows any of these symptoms:
- Running a fever
- Has a hoarse or otherwise funny-sounding voice
- Is acting tired or unusual
- The drooling is getting worse
Otherwise, keep stocking up on bibs (that's what I'm doing).