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We have a two and a half year old in our setting who has the most excessive dribble that I have ever seen. He has to have his vest, t shirt and jumper changed during our morning sessions. His brother also tended to dribble when we had him. What causes some children to dribble to this extent and can We do anything to try and stop it? It really is most off putting as resources and people also get dribbled on!! Only a matter of time until the other children start to comment on it as well. Any advice welcomed.

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I have had this issue before and i suspected mild dyspraxia or hypotonia ...hows the speech??

 

lots of children who have dummies constantly dribble as they have not strengthened the muscles in their jaw.

i'm not sure i would agree with this....children with mouth issues are often given dummies to strengthen their mouth movements...you can't actually keep a dummy in your mouth without muscles!

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we had a child who dribbled excessively and speech bit unclear. didn't always appear to hear either. mum took him to doctors and got referred to ENT dept in hospital. he moved school so not sure of outcome. might have had grommets fitted?

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Agree it could be mouth/jaw strength. We have child similar age and are doing lots of lip exercises such as blowing, kissing mirror and some other stuff. But last week I asked him to swallow and he did. Had to remind a couple more times then he was able to swallow for a little while without my reminder. He just does not have the swallow reflex.

He has been referred to speech & Lang who specialises in chewing & swallowing she is due to visit next week. Will pass on any tips.

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Until you find out what if any cause is, is he wearing anything to catch all that dribble? There are some great funky bandanas called 'bibbles' which might do the trick they have a waterproof backing, not too expensive mum might need to get a few though, but better than a full change each time.

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My son dribbled excessively when he was little and was referred to ent clinic at hospital who said it was down to glue ear. It did also effected his hearing and therefore speech but the dribble was the first real indicator.

He had his adenoids removed and grommets put in which solved the issue eventually before he went to school. In the meantime I brought him sporty wristbands and taught him to wipe his dribble up and then just changed these regularly. He was only two at the time and learnt very quickly and this was a much more hygienic way of dealing with it and didn't make him feel babied by wearing a bib or different at pre-school.

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it can often be an ENT issue..is he mouth breathing rather than nose?.. perhaps a suggest to parents to seek a medical check to see if it could be the cause.. sometimes as parents we learn to cope with a situation and not see that things could be done about it.

The bibbles look like a good idea, we once made some bibs to wear under a tee shirt with waterproof back so while the top was damp the child remained dry.. at the time there was nothing suitable around..

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My son dribbled excessively when he was little and was referred to ent clinic at hospital who said it was down to glue ear. It did also effected his hearing and therefore speech but the dribble was the first real indicator.

He had his adenoids removed and grommets put in which solved the issue eventually before he went to school. In the meantime I brought him sporty wristbands and taught him to wipe his dribble up and then just changed these regularly. He was only two at the time and learnt very quickly and this was a much more hygienic way of dealing with it and didn't make him feel babied by wearing a bib or different at pre-school.

this is what happened to our boy who was 4 and dribbling. asked mum's friend today what happened as he's left out school. medical check needed. health visitor?

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Fledglings have some great waterproof trendy neckerchiefs:

 

http://www.fledglings.org.uk/docs/pdf/brochure_online.pdf

 

I'm glad there's a speech and language therapist involved, hopefully you'll get some answers soon. If you want to improve children's mouth muscles, the Mr Tongue story is great fun when done with all the children, I've attached a copy.

The_story_of_Mr_Tongue.pdf

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