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Drooling is the re-occurrence of excess saliva which can flow from a baby or child’s mouth. For the majority of the time, drooling is a normal occurrence and does not inhibit your baby or child’s feeding, however, there are times when drooling becomes excessive and is inappropriate for their stage of development. Your baby or child might have been born with an excessive drool and it has started to affect their feeding, or you may be worried they are drooling too much and want help, either way our multidisciplinary team of dietitians, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists can help.

If your baby or child has excessive drooling and you would like to speak to our multidisciplinary feeding team please contact us.

What are the symptoms of excessive drooling?

Saliva is essential for feeding, but sometimes the level of drooling can be unnecessary and start to inhibit their nutritional intake. Symptoms of excessive drooling are:

If your baby or child has one or more of these symptoms described and it is starting to affect their feeding, they may need extra support. Talk to our multidisciplinary feeding team to see if they can help.

What are the causes of drooling?

The cause of drooling is very rarely caused by excessive saliva productive. The causes of drooling are often caused by a poor swallowing, poor mouth and tongue control in combination with poor posture and feeding techniques. Our multidisciplinary team can assess your baby or child to find what is causing the drool and then develop an individualised plan for them.

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What do you assess for drooling?

Our multidisciplinary team will assess your baby or child’s posture, control, awareness, swallow and lip seal for their safety and abilities. By assessing all aspects of your baby or child’s feeding we can find the cause of the drooling and give an individualised treatment plan to ensure their feeding and quality of life is not compromised. Talk to our multidisciplinary feeding team to see if they can help.

What is the treatment for excessive drooling?

The treatment for excessive drooling is largely based around ensuring you baby or child has the correct posture and positioning during feeding. Our treatment plan will be based on your baby or child’s individual needs, by improving their control and engaging the muscles required for safe feeding and ensuring they are receiving adequate energy and nutrients to grow and development to their full potential.

If you think your baby or child’s drooling is excessive and they need feeding therapy please contact us.

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To refer a child to our services this can be done online, or by calling 0161 820 8262 or emailing office@kids

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