Drooling is a dripping of saliva from the mouth. A lot of drooling can irritate the skin of the face, neck, and chest. It can also be embarrassing to an older child.
It’s normal for babies to drool. As babies get older, they normally stop drooling. Most children don't drool after the age of 4 years. However, children with some disabilities drool a lot because their muscles and nerves don’t work properly, and it’s hard for them to swallow saliva. A child may also drool if he is making too much saliva or if his teeth don’t fit together in the right way.
Talk to your child’s health care provider if:
This could be a sign of infection.
Your child’s healthcare provider will examine your child. Your child may have X-ray tests to check your child’s swallowing.
If your child drools a lot, the problem can be treated in several ways:
Medicines may be used to help some children make less saliva while they are learning how to swallow better.
Surgery may be done to change the direction of the ducts that lead from the salivary glands to the mouth, or to remove salivary gland tissue.
Sometimes the surgery may be done with a laser. This treatment allows a quicker recovery than other types of surgery.
Shots of a medicine called Botulinum toxin (Botox) may be given into the glands that make saliva. The shots are given after your child is given an anesthetic to numb the area. This treatment helps reduce drooling and lasts up to 8 months.
Ask your healthcare provider:
Make sure you know when you should bring your child back for a checkup.