What can I do about constant drooling?

Q: My 8-month-old baby drools all the time. What can I do?

A: If your baby's dribbling like a faucet at this age, you can likely blame it on teething. Your baby is producing more saliva because of the irritation of teething, and she hasn't yet gotten the hang of swallowing that often. This is nothing to worry about, and the waterworks should stop as your baby gets used to it. However, an overly drooly baby may be more prone to rashes and chapping around her chin and mouth. Applying a mild emollient, such as Vaseline, can help by creating a protective moisture barrier. Another trick: Use a soft cotton cloth to blot baby's saliva rather than wiping it off with a tissue, which can further irritate her skin. --Janine Musick

Originally published in the September 2000 issue of Parents magazine. Updated 2009.

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