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On Call: Drool Overload

Q. My toddler's a major drooler. Is that normal?

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).