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2yr old excessive dribbling

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piglettsmummy Sun 28-Oct-12 13:39:51

Mu daughter over the past few weeks has been dribbling really bad I hadn't really took notice of it but I have had to start putting a bib on her as its soaki her clothes. Shes got all her teeth so isn't teething anyone any ideas??

Bunsouttheoven Sun 28-Oct-12 18:56:45

Could it be a tongue tie? A friends child had one & she said one of the signs was dribbling in an older child. Just a thought.

Heartstart Sun 28-Oct-12 19:04:58

My ds did same for longtime and we found out 2 yrs later he had v v swollen tonsils and adenoids. Had them out immediately resolved.

Heartstart Sun 28-Oct-12 19:05:26

My ds did same for longtime and we found out 2 yrs later he had v v swollen tonsils and adenoids. Had them out immediately resolved.

ohmygoshandgolly Sun 28-Oct-12 19:10:12

Watching this thread with interest.

My DS still dribbles a huge amount and he is 3.5yrs. His tonsils and adenoids were checked when he was about 20months and I was told they were not too enlarged and he would grow out of it by the time he reached 3yrs old. He has previously been prescribed antihistamines which did help to dry things up but never gave any longterm results.

I'm planning to take him back to the GP this week.

piglettsmummy Sun 28-Oct-12 19:50:27

Thankyou for your replies, she has complex issues anyway so I will mention into our neuro when we see him! What other signs are there for both tongue tie and swollen t&a ? X

twilight81 Sun 28-Oct-12 22:34:05

Watching with interest too.. My ds is 3.6 months and awful dribbler, he had terrible silent reflux until about 2 years old. How do I tell if he has tongue tie?

BeaWheesht Sun 28-Oct-12 22:37:12

Dd is also 2 and dribbles but she still has back molars to get so I've been blaming that. Ds did it until he was 3 at least.

She had a tongue tie cut at two weeks old, hers was unmistakeable - her tongue was shaped like a snakes at the tip with a dip in the centre and she couldn't extend her tongue over her teeth to latch on etc- can your dd stick her tongue out?

Bagofspiders Sun 28-Oct-12 22:42:27

In a hurry but I was recently told by a child psychologisy that dribbling often to do with the muscles around the lips not being strong enough. Encouraging your child to blow a whistle or blow bubbles can help to strengthen them, which also helps with speach.

Sharksandfishes Sun 28-Oct-12 22:51:45

This sounds really weird but DS dribbled really badly and it instantly stopped as soon as he was potty trained. The HV said she had never heard of anything like it but it could've been something to do with control?!

cestlavielife Sun 28-Oct-12 23:12:52

Ormotoro and postural issues can contribute speak to her SLT and physio

cestlavielife Sun 28-Oct-12 23:14:02

Oromotor Hve a read of

cestlavielife Sun 28-Oct-12 23:15:45

There is specialist clinic at evalina children's hosp London see here for names.

cestlavielife Sun 28-Oct-12 23:17:01

Another reference

CupOfTeaSandwiches Sun 28-Oct-12 23:17:06

Have also had this with DS1, who has just turned three. I took him to the GP and I was told there was nothing physically "wrong"and he definitely didn't have tongue tie.

DS did originally have a very slight language delay and I noticed the dribbling really increased when he was about 2.5 as his speech increased. I have also been getting him to blow whistles and recorders etc and work hard with him with his speech and now the dribbling looks like it is really decreasing. He still gets a bit sometimes though. At its worst I couldn't keep on top of it and he sometimes got a bit of a red rash around his chin, so I often slather him with E45 cream.

Someone told me a good facial muscle 'exercise' was to give them something hard like cream crackers to eat every day as it helps strengthen the muscles when they work hard to chew. I have done that with DS too.

Sorry - no definitive answer, but hopefully if there is nothing else physical causing it then it's something they eventually grow out of - at least that is what I have been told.

incywincyspideragain Mon 29-Oct-12 22:24:02

ds2 was always very dribbly - found out at 3 yrs he had enlarged tonsils and adenoids and glue ear - we cut out all dairy products and anything that contained milk, no longer dribbles, gets runny nose and dry cough as soon as he has cheese.
sounds like, from other posts, it could be a number of possible things!

piglettsmummy Tue 30-Oct-12 10:15:39

Thats interesting incy! My daughter was lactose intolerant( secondary) for about 9 months

incywincyspideragain Tue 30-Oct-12 19:46:58

ENT consultant told us there is no 'significant' study on milk/dairy/lactose causing mucus production but said in his experience there was a link and encouraged us to try dairy free for 4 weeks and then give him some and see what happened, he also said the enlarged andenoids and tonsils could be an allergy response - 4 weeks was enough for us and it was quite obvious it affected him - worth a try if you don't mind the hassel (although in the long term its not that difficult as you get used to smile)

narmada Wed 31-Oct-12 10:55:41

My DS is also big dribbler- he is two and had his posterior tie resected when he ws ten weeks old.

He has also had a now revolved cows milk protein allergy.

He dribbles a lot more when he has a cold or blocked nose and is mouth breathing.

shattereddreams Wed 31-Oct-12 20:44:14

Interesting thread. DS 2.4 dreadful dribbler, causes nasty chin rash which we have tried everything for.
He had all 20 teeth at 18m.
He has been speaking full, clear sentences since turning 2, and now has fairly advanced vocabulary and speech.
His sister is dx cows milk intolerant so he doesn't drink milk, has very very little dairy. We're fairly dairy free in the house.
I think he has enlarged tonsils. Nothing wrong with his hearing .... I dont think his speech could be so good if he had glue ear. I might be kidding myself. He says huh? a lot.grin

His fingers are forever in his mouth chewing. Or chewing a toy, mussie, or his clothes. He goes through stages of biting when the chewing is at its worst.

Everything is so contradictory!

incywincyspideragain Wed 31-Oct-12 20:53:42

it is interesting - ds2 had glue ear, 2 sets of grommits before quitting dairy, but everything not even milk powder in products (which is in everything <sign>) ds1 and ds3 also had glue ear - only ds3 has unclear speech and sees SALT, other two it was harder to know hence ds1 didn't get grommits till almost 5 yrs and about to finish reception - ENT said he had 'severe hearing loss' problem with glue ear is in home/quiet environment its ok but impossible in school. I'm quite obsessed with their hearing smile so I'd say check it to make sure.
oh and ds1 is wheat free too grin for us its all about allergies/intollerances

piglettsmummy Wed 31-Oct-12 21:13:19

Hi incy!!! Her hearing is checked very regularly as because shes complex needs whenever she has issues with her breathing all signs of infection need I be ruled out. She did have glue ear for about 4months but has been clear a while now! It's amazing what can be linked though aye? Il get her doc to check
At next appointment thanks x

incywincyspideragain Wed 31-Oct-12 23:09:53

I find its just reassuring to know its not their hearing as you can't see if its bad iyswim - sounds like its worth mentioning the dribbling at the next app too and see if they have any suggestions x

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