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08 Jan 2005

NORMAL OR NOT?
Is it normal for a new born baby from birth to about two months to continually have salvia running from his mouth and the tongue hanging out? Could this be a possibility that the child could have some underlying metal disability that could become transparent at a later stage? I have never seen babies with their tongues out and saliva running constantly unless they where teething or mentally disturbed.
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geneticist

01 Jan 0001

Dear Lou-lou

I agree that this does not seem normal. I suggest the baby is taken to a paediatrist to exclude or confirm a diagnosis of a genetic condition such as Down's syndrome, which is caused by en extra chromosome 21.

Regards, Maritha
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