Originally Posted by jellebeans
hi,my little boy is coming up to 4 years old soon,hes healthy but still dribbles terribly!!!
when he was younger it was so much i had to change his t shirt sometimes after half hour as it would be soaked from dribble,i put that down to teething.
i cant understand why he would still be doing this at his age...even though its not as bad as it used to be,its just a pain,every one has had enough of being dribbled on!!! none of my friends children do this,any ideas??thanks
jellebeans, Hi There! You say that your child is healthy, have you addressed the drooling with your son's Pediatrician? As drooling past the age of 2 could be a sign of a medical condition, if the cause of the drooling has not been diagnosed or if there is a concern about possible aspiration then you should contact your child's health care providor.
Drooling is generally caused by excess production of saliva, inability to retain saliva within the mouth, or problems with swallowing. Some with drooling problems can be at an increased risk of aspirating (inhaling) the saliva,food, or fluids into the lungs. However, this is unlikely to cause harm unless the body's normal reflex mechanisms (such as gagging and coughing) are also impaired.
Drooling in infants and young children may be exacerbated by upper respiratory infections and nasal allergies. Also, drooling-or excess saliva production-is common in children with Neurological and other problems. After age 2, drooling is limited, except among children with central nervous system and muscular disorders, like Cerebral Palsy and Rett Syndrome.
Drooling associated with fever or trouble swallowing may be a sign of a more serious disease including:
*Some medications can cause drooling as well as there are certain medications that can be prescribed to control saliva volume.
The underlying causes of drooling should be treated, because complications can include " gross emotional and physical impairment ". Drooling can also transmit infections and in the worst cases, could result in dehydration and interfere with speech.
Children with moderate to severe drooling, are usually referred to a clinic specializing in this specific problem.
I am not trying to worry you, as you said that your child appears to be very healthy. He could be drooling for absolutely no apparent reason or even from a simple ailment. I just wanted to give you as much information as i possibly could. However, i would most definately have him evaluated by his pediatrician and ask for any referrals that he/she may be able to give you.
Good Luck, ValleyGurl