Drooling is the unintentional loss of saliva from the mouth. The term drooling commonly refers to anterior drooling and should be distinguished from posterior drooling, in which saliva spills over the tongue through the faucial isthmus. Drooling is a significant disability for a large number of pediatric and adult patients with cerebral palsy and for a smaller number of patients with other types of neurologic or cognitive impairment.
Drooling is a normal phenomenon in children prior to the development of oral neuromuscular control at age 18-24 months. However, drooling after age 4 years is uniformly considered abnormal. Children with neurologic impairment may be slow to mature their oral neuromuscular control and may continue to improve their control until approximately age 6 years, which prompts physicians to delay any aggressive intervention until that time. READ MORE>>>
Author:Prof at SJ Hospital & asso.VMMC,Delhi
Formerly: Neeraj N Mathur, MBBS, MS, Professor, Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Smt SK and Kalawati, Saran Children's Hospital, University of Delhi, India; Professor and Head, Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal