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Splashingincuddles Thu 29-Dec-16 16:57:52

Hello, my son is nearly 2.5 and still dribbles - sometimes quite a lot so that his t shirt is soaked. When he's playing he'll dribble little puddles all over the floor. I have booked an appointment at the dentist to check his teeth but was wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience, or if you have any suggestions as to ways we might encourage him to swallow his saliva? Many thanks.

DeckTheHall Thu 29-Dec-16 19:48:29

Yes we did and it was adenoid issues (came out age 3. Good luck!

Bubbinsmakesthree Thu 29-Dec-16 20:00:44

My 2.5yo DS was very dribbly (soaked through dribble bibs multiple times a day) - it has eased off a lot in the last few months although I think his molars are coming through now and we often have a wet chin again (though not the pools of drool we used to have). I posted about it here a while back and there were quite a few others who had similar DCs, mostly with no underlying cause.

landofgiants Thu 29-Dec-16 20:00:47

Mine was a drooler. I managed it by mopping his chin and using fleece backed bandana bibs - at one stage he would soak 8-10+ per day! I wasn't at all concerned about it at 2.5, but he carried on until he was about 5. We tried prompting him to suck it back into his mouth, and also to mop it up himself, but with little success, he just grew out of it when he was ready.

You could try lifting his chin occasionally (so the saliva goes to the back of his mouth, where he can swallow it, or offering regular sips of water (to encourage swallowing). I think that most techniques aimed at teaching them to swallow would be more effective with a slightly older child.

Splashingincuddles Thu 29-Dec-16 23:00:20

Ah ok, thank you for your responses. Looks like there's nothing to worry about at his age. Will try to lift his chin gently but it sounds like it's something he'll grow out of.

Splashingincuddles Thu 29-Dec-16 23:01:36

Thank you for your responses. Looks like it's nothing to worry about and that he'll grow out of it. Reassuring to know - thank you.

Splashingincuddles Thu 29-Dec-16 23:02:13

Oops sorry for double post - it didn't appear first time!

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