Q. My child is 3 months old. I’ve noticed that she often salivates (naglalaway). Is that normal? She’s not supposed to be teething yet, right?
A. Drooling is normal in babies. Increased drooling is noted when babies start teething. Although most babies have their first tooth erupt between 6 to 12 months, some babies can have teeth much earlier. I wouldn't worry about the drooling but I would watch out for a few things:
Your baby may develop a rash if her face/skin is always wet with saliva. Always keep a bib handy. You can also use a diaper cream/ barrier cream to protect her skin. If the rash doesn't go away, consult your doctor.
Some babies with developmental issues have swallowing problems. They can produce so much saliva even in their sleep that they choke on it. If you are concerned about this, ask your pediatrician.
About the Author: Rosanne Sugay, M.D., is an Internist and Pediatrician at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. She is constantly reminded by her two year old that children don't read the same pediatric textbooks as she does and will therefore always do the unexpected.