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    All babies and young childen dribble or drool until they learn to swallow their own saliva, and it's an important part of their development: saliva helps keep the mouth clean and enables us all to swallow food and to talk. Read more →

    my 11yr old daughter is constantly dribbling when she speaks or eats





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    asking and ensuring she eats with her mouth closed will eliminate the chase of her dribbling through her mouth.

    My son is five years old. His development is alright but he has a major problem with 'dribbling' salive is leaking from his mouth constantly. I have to change his top more than five times a day. He had been seen by ENT specialist who said he couldnt see any problems. Can you advice me please.





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    asking and ensuring she eats with her mouth closed will eliminate the chase of her dribbling through her mouth.

    I am 70 years old and I cant keep saliver in my mouth and my mouth is very sore. The Doctor said my muscles have weekend so I can't stop dribbling. Are there any exercises I can do? Or have a operation.Alice





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    Hi, I was wondering how things went or are going with your sons dribbling? His symptoms sound very like my sons who is almost 4. He has had his adenoids removed and it has made no difference. His speech isn't very clear, although I understand most of what he is saying but others can't.

    hi, my little boy has just turned 4 and still dribbles a lot, he also has problems with his speech especially pronouncing certain letters like L,R,C,K,Th,ch etc I am just wondering if these issues could be connected. I did take him the doctors regarding the 2 problems, I got prescribed antihistamines for his dribbling which did help it a little bit but it started again when the antihistamines finished.





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    Hi, I was wondering how things went or are going with your sons dribbling? His symptoms sound very like my sons who is almost 4. He has had his adenoids removed and it has made no difference. His speech isn't very clear, although I understand most of what he is saying but others can't.

    Ok my 4 year old dribbles and has sores on his chin, mouth breaths and has delayed speach and struggles even to say his own name, gags on food and takes him self off to be sick before finishing his food . About 18 ago he was waking up on the night chocking and being sick which thankfully the night time sickness has stopped . Had visits to a peadiactrics last year who said he as enlarged adenoids and that was prob causing a form of sleep apnia that was causing the nighttime troubles but didn't meet nhs criteria to have them removed and to go bk to the doctors this April if things ate no better. We have done that and seen at ENT today who said that he didn't know what to do as the nhs would not let him remove them as he still didn't meet the criteria. He starts school in September and still falls asleep during the day sometimes is dribbling etc . I don't know where to go from here and advice would be great





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    Hi I am going through exactly the same thing with my son, now 12 but he has been like this since he was a toddler. We have just been refered to a Gastroentirologist recently. He was on meds for reflux but that didn't seem to make it go completely.There is a condition called eosonophilic oesophogitis where certain trigger foods cause a delayed reaction in kids sometimes days after.They tend to have issues with eating, trouble swallowing, vomiting, coughing while eating, having to drink between mouthfuls are some of the issues. My son described it as it is like he has a door in his throat and sometimes it is open and the food goes down ok, and sometimes it shuts and the food gets stuck.He then has to induce vomitng to get the food out.He has also been running off to the loo like this since he was 4. He gets a ' look' on his face and stops eating and you can tell what is coming next. The Dts thought it might be a hiatus hernia but 2 bariums showed nothing untoward wrong.The only way to diagnose eosonophilic oesophogitis is with an endoscopy and biopsies which look for more than 50 white blood cells present in the osophogus which normally should not be there.These are caused by consuming food/ foods which the child is allergic to, but because the reaction is a delayed one it is harder to detect.The cells inflame the throat causing scarring and this causes the dysphagia ( trouble swallowing) This is what I am trying to get the Drs to check for woth my son as he is typically atopic ( allergic ) . My son has year round rhinitis, mouth breathes and many allergies including pets, dust, tree and grass pollens, foods and asthma since he was 1. Also in young children failure to thrive or being small for age, sleep difficulties, tummy aches and lots of ear/ throat infections are very common as well as what you mentioned. I hope you get some answers and us too ! It's been a long road !

    My lb is 3 1/2 and he has just started dribbling a lot he hasn't done this since he had the last of his teeth through at about 2 he has a few ulcers on his tongue from biting it and im just wondering if this could cause the dribbling or could it be something else





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    Both of my boys suffered with Acute enlarged tonsils and both dribbled excessively!! My eldest had his tonsils & adenoids out at 4 & 1/2yrs and the dribbling stopped with two weeks of the operation. My youngest has just had the same operation a week ago at 27mths old and we've noticed s dramatic change in his dribbling to the point were only using 3-4 bibs instead of 15-20 bibs a day!! My boys didnt have their operations because of the excessive dribbling, it was due to sleep apnia, heavy breathing & feeding problems (not being able to swallow lumpy food) but it has helped!!





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    My almost 3 year old is dribbling constantly. It is so,metimes worse then other times but still have to change his tops regularly. I've seen a few doctors and each one says we'll look at his dribbling again in X amount of time. I just want an answer and get this sorted out! he doesn't get bad throats so the Docs are saying it's not a big problem but he's got a rash around his mouth from always being wet and on his chest!?





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    Check to see if he has tongue tie my little fellow same age was doing the same thing & i checked under his tongue & it is a bit tight seen my doctor & his referred me plastic surgeon hope this helps :-)

    my son has been dribbling lots and today hes bin refurred to speach thearpy.he dnt like eating chewy foods and aparently you need to learn to chew propaly to strenthen the lower lip to alow it to b ready to b used to talk,and this is why hes dribbling so much. also to the lady who commeted about her disabled daughter drolling so much n it makes her sore, i av heard from a friend of mine whos child has celbral pausy that the hospital gave her a a small clip which u place on to the ear that sends messages to the brain that tells her to swallow, its painfree.. hope this has been some help. ;-}





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    In thanks for the replys to my comment I woulkd like to say my son is now 5 1/2 and seems to have stopped his excessive dribbling, fingers crossed. Just hang in their they may grow out of it, - eventually!

    Hi my son dribbled a lot from birth - I went through that amount of bibs - just wanted to say that he is still dribbling at 7 and I am about to start new enquiries, he has had adenoids tonsils and teeth out, I wonder now how necessary those ops were as they made no difference. I would get second opinions on everything!

    My son is 2yrs 6 months and had his tonsils and adenoids removed 10 days ago. From the age of 8 months he has been a heavy mouth breather, had loud snoring and constant dribbling. After numerous trips to the doctors and an ENT specialist at 12 months who told us he was fine I took matters into my own hands. I recorded him on my mobile sleeping, when he was on his back he had long pauses in his breathing up to 10 seconds. I took this to the doctors and this time they referred him straight away to the ENT. Before the ENT appointment I videoed him on my phone whilst he was asleep on his back which showed him intercosal breathing, his chest caved in and his rib cage raised, in fact I took this to A&E as I was worried and they nurse was really shook up with video! As my appointment was only a few days later they let us come home. The ENT consultant took one look at both videos and checked his tonsils and confirmed they were some of the biggest he has seen. It has took a good 10 days for him to be back on track following the op, the dribbling is a bit better but should improve, no snoring although his voice seems higher? and just seems a lot happier. He was always a really good talker but I'm interested to see how things impove. Tough 10 days but worth it. The doctor confirmed if he had carried on breathing at night like that it would put too much pressure on his heart.





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    My son is two years and a month old and has just started dribbing again, he hasn't dribbled since he was one. He fell over and bashed his jaw and complains occasionally when eating, could a sore tooth cause dribbling? Is it possible for a baby of his age to need a tooth filling?





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    my son is 2 and dribbles alot all the time except in bed. have to change his bibs at least 10-15 times a day. He got grommets last year to stop ear infectons he was getting them 2-3 times a month. ENT doctor said it may be enlarged adnoids. i am a bit lost as my daughter was fairly bad at dribbling but it stopped at two, so wondering how long do i wait until 'he grows out of it' ?





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    Hi my son dribbled a lot from birth - I went through that amount of bibs - just wanted to say that he is still dribbling at 7 and I am about to start new enquiries, he has had adenoids tonsils and teeth out, I wonder now how necessary those ops were as they made no difference. I would get second opinions on everything!

    My 4 year old daughter had her adenoids removed over a year ago, we noticed a great improvement in her sleep, less nasal congestion and eye gunk stopped. However she is still dribbling from her mouth and I wonder if she has enlarged tonsils, I'm planning on taking her to the docs next week as she starts school in a few weeks.





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    Glad i've come across this,for the past 2wks we have noticed that our 2 1/2yr old sons tonsils are very enlarged.Have taken him to the Dr's and they have put them down to a viral infection.But after reading this i'm thinking maybe he has the same problem.He has always been a real heavy dribbler,we took his dummy away thinking it was that,but he is still dribbling alot.And he snores alot,so maybe this is why,gonna take him back to the Dr's on monday and ask about this.





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    When you say "low muscle tone" - what do you mean? My boy weighs in at around 15Kg - almost skin and bone. My boy is 4 and is a heavy dribbler. His speech isn't too good either. Cant say "K" words (cool), "D's (spiDer) , H (House) and many others. I'm really stressed out by it and thinking now the dribbling has something to do with it. Also, these patches; what are they, where do you get them from, prescription or other etc..... Any advise please - much appreciated. Consequently, i have an 18 month old girl completely opposite. Weighs in around 13kg's and speaks (words) very well, ha ha.

    my 3 1/2 year old son dribbles excessively, to the point when he is walking round the house salvia drips onto the floor, or when he is colouring or watching tv, it just pours out. His tops get soaked. He is aware of it and sometimes wipes it away but this makes his chin very sore. He snores quite loudly of a night too. I have took him to the doctors recently but my gp just chuckled and said hes fine. But I am concerned about my sons dribbling and I don't know what else to do, as my gp will not help. What can I do for my son, before he starts nursery in september??





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    Go and see your GP again, if there is another one at the practice you could see maybe do that and push the point, ask to be refered to an ENT doc so your son can be checked and see if there is anything they can do for him. We had all this with Hemmie, the GP said he would get back to me and I am still waiting 18 months later, I struggled to be heard about Hemmie's problems but you have to keep shouting, keep putting the preasure on, we were lucky, embarrassing bodies came at the right time and we got help and Hemmie is now doing well, if we hadn't had the show I would have just kept going with the GP and speech therapists until someone took me seriously, its hard work and disheartening but keep going at it, good luck

    Hi I have a 2 year old boy who is always constantly dribbling. Thishas been going on since he was about 4months old when he started teething which I believe is normal but since the age of 20mths the dribble as become more and im using so many tops vests in the day. It goes all through and is drenched the dr as put it down ro teething but iv noticed a lot of my friends kids that are theaame age dont have this problem. I noticed that he puts a d in front of words but wasn't sure if this waa normal for his age he doesn't close his mouth which iv noticed more when his concentrating on something. Is there anything I can do to stop this aa it's quite embarrassing when im out and makes him sore on his chin.





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    Hi, Just wanted to say I have a 9 year old with learning difficulties and we've tried everything. We tried the patches but she got a skin reaction to it do we stopped. We also did the op to turn her saliva ducts round (transposition of sub-mandibular ducts). It seemed to work for a while but soon the dribbling came back so I think it was a bit of a waste of time. The doc did say in the end that it's a "learned behaviour" so we now have to teach her how to swallow, wipe her mouth and close her mouth all of which she finds difficult (..having learning difficulties!) but of course we won't give up. It's just a bit like 1 step forward 5 steps back!! Just before summer she had 10 baby teeth taken out (..ouch!) & now that they are coming through again you can imagine what the drooling is like!! I'm no GP or speech therapist but I sure have seen a few over the years & the best advice I got from them was about teaching your child how to close and wipe their mouth and remind them to swallow. Also they need to breathe through their nose not their mouth like my daughter who is a habitual mouth breather as she seems to get lots of colds!! Good luck & I hope you found this useful.

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