May 02, 2013,
R.F. asks from Colleyville, TX on May 30, 2009
2 Year Who Drools Excessively
I have a 2 year old son who drools excessively, nonstop. Whether he's teething or not, he's drooling. We tried getting him to wipe his mouth every time he drooled to hopefully draw attention to it, so he'd stop. That didn't work. Now, we constantly remind him to "shut his lips", but that doesn't last long. He's always got his mouth open and drool coming out. His doctor says he probably just hasn't gained full control of his oral functions (mouth, lips, tongue, swallowing spit, etc). It's just really frustrating because his shirts always get soaked, and he's too old to be drooling like this. Had anyone else experienced this, and if so, any ideas on what we can do to get him to STOP drooling?
L.J. answers from Dallas on June 02, 2009
My cousin was 4-5 when he was still drooling. He had tubes in his ears the whole time. Then he had his tonsils and adenoids taken out. No more drooling.
S.B. answers from Dallas on May 31, 2009
I can definitely relate to this post!!!! My son soaked his shirts constantly. We dealt with wet shirts and the rashes. At his two year check up I was also told he just lacked control of his oral function and he would grow out of it. At almost 3 we still had major issues. So I researched online and found some "exercises" that are meant to help. I contacted his doctor before we implemented these things and he assured me that it was worth a shot. I am happy to say that it worked. We saw a major improvement after a month and the problem was completely gone two months later. We just added these things in to our day, we never made a big deal out of the activities. Drool awareness was first on our list (which I am sure we were already doing). It is okay to remind him he is drooling. For us, we just asked him to wipe his chin. Some websites suggested getting one of those wrist sweatbands for wiping. We tried it and the novelty wore off for my son after about an hour and he kept loosing it. We got rid of sippy cups and only used the kind with straws. That is supposed to help develop those muscles. Playing "kissy face" was another activity. We had him blow whistles and bubbles....outside activities. You can also rub peanut butter or cream cheese on his lips and have him lick it off. Hope this helps! Good luck!
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A.B. answers from Amarillo on May 31, 2009
I am a speech pathologist and have worked with this issue before. It may go away on it's own, but it would be more beneficial to take him for an evaluation with a speech therapist. ECI is a great start! More than likely, his oral motor sensory nerves are not developed and he can not appropiately "feel" the drool and therefore doesn't know when to swallow and is unaware that his mouth is open. Oral motor exercises can also help with the problem. The sooner you get it checked out the better.
K.R. answers from Dallas on May 30, 2009
Does he know how to drink from a straw? Or maybe suck on a popsicle (frozen fruit bar)? I think that maybe if you worked on the sucking motion with him outwardly it might help him to realize that he needs to swallow when there is wetness in his mouth like that... Some kids take longer to realize they need to swallow and keep their mouths closed. Other than that I would put a bib on him, and then if he gets tired of that or doesn't want the bib I would explain it to him.
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J.H. answers from Amarillo on May 30, 2009
I think he just has an over active saliva gland for now, and he can't help it, making him close his mouth etc. mayt just make him self concious, I don't think he will be able to not drool if this is the case.
C.W. answers from Davenport on May 31, 2009
We have a 3 1/2 year old who still drools. He has sensory issues and that is one sign of Sensory Issues. Are you using straws cups instead of the other sippy cups? We've noticed less drooling while using the straws. It increases the muscles in the face/mouth area when your child uses the straw. You can get an evaluation by ECI until your child turns 3. We got our child evaluated and he is developmentally delayed in communicating and in fine motor skills and the Sensory Processing Disorder. He had ECI till he was 3 and then we had to switch to a private therapist. We now see a Sante Pediatric Therapist-Occupational Therapist. It has been frustrating, we've tried getting him to wipe his mouth also and he does, however he has to do it alot. We have seen less drooling and some improvement. We use lots of bubbles and this helps build up strength in face. You might want to search Sensory Processing Disorder or Sensory Integration and look at the signs/symptoms and see if there is any other clues that he might have sensory issues.
Is there anything else you can see where your child might be delayed? ECI is free for 6 months and if your child needs therapy, you can get it at your home. They will test your child to see if there is any delays.
Our Son had 4 ear infections and had 2 sets of ear tubes. He had another ear infection and kept coughing, so we took him back to the ENT Dr. and I mentioned that he was drooling. He said that this is a sign he might need his adenoids taken out. We got the adenoids taken out in January of this year. His shirts aren't wet anymore, however he still drools, however not to the point of his shirts getting soaked anymore. You might have the ENT Dr. check him out to rule out the adenoids.
C.P. answers from Dallas on May 31, 2009
My daughter has had a lot of problems with drooling. I would recommend a consultation with a speech therapist that has some experience with feeding therapy. They will be able to lead you in the right direction & give you specific exercises. I agree though about using a straw consistently, it is great to offer thicker drinks like a smoothie, milkshake, drinkable yogurt. Practice the blowing & kissing. Sometimes it is a sensory issue & they need more feedback to increase their awareness of the extra saliva. He may like one of those rotating toothbrushes, the vibrating star teether, sour fruits or candy. Something to "wake up" his mouth & help him be more aware, & build those muscles up. Good luck!
A.H. answers from Dallas on June 01, 2009
I am a speech pathologist, and just by what you are saying he should have more oral control at this age. I think you should get him evaluated by a speech pathologist. At the very least they can give you some suggestions after they evaluate him.
C.M. answers from New York on May 02, 2013
even though this is an old post I'm so glad to see it. My son will be 2 in June and drools non-stop. We ask our doctor at every check up and he always says there is nothing to worry about and eventually he'll stop. It drives me crazy though. We go through several shirts and bibs a day because everything gets soaked. And when he's outside his coat is completely soaked. I try telling him to close his mouth which he'll do for about 5 seconds. He knows he's drooling too because he'll see the wet and say drool. i feel like he never breathes out of his nose though so maybe that's the problem. Anyway, I'm happy to read some of these suggestions and would love to know if your son finally stopped drooling!