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Chronic Severe Drooling is usually caused by an underlying brain or neurologic condition, mainly cerebral palsy (CP). This constant drooling and excessive moisture can be troublesome for your child, as well as for you, their parent and/or caregiver.1

How common is Chronic Severe Drooling?

223,000 patients have Chronic Severe Drooling due to CP

Physical issues with drooling

Along with the visual displays of drooling, Chronic Severe Drooling can also cause other health issues for your child, including4:

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The emotional impact of Chronic Severe Drooling4

Chronic Severe Drooling is uncomfortable for your child, and the constant wetness alongside their bib
could cause poor social interactions at school, and even lead to bullying in some instances. This could
cause your child to feel down about themselves, which should never be a concern.

Although you raise your child not to care about what other people think, anything you can do
to help them stay confident and feel independent is a good thing to consider.

Who should I talk to about my
child's Chronic Severe Drooling?

You can talk to any of the following health care professionals
specializing in CP to gather more information4:

  • Pediatric neurologist
  • General pediatrician
  • Speech therapist
  • Social worker
  • Otolaryngologist
  • Dentist
  • Orthodontist

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills
(the skill to move in a planned and purposeful way). CP usually is caused by brain
damage that happens before or during a baby's birth, or during the first 3 to 5
years of a child's life. Drooling is a common problem for children that have CP.4,5

How common is CP?

10,000 kids per year are born with CP

How do you treat Chronic Severe Drooling?

Doctors will often tell you to use a handkerchief, towel, or bib around your child’s neck to help handle the wetness drool causes. While these may help your child cope with the wetness, there is a medication available to help treat/manage the drool.

Cerebral palsy is a difficult disease, and unfortunately, there is a lot that you can't control. However, chronic severe drooling is one thing that you can make a positive impact on. Chronic Severe Drooling doesn’t have to be a part of who your child is.

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  2. CDC. Prevalence and most common causes of disability among adults—United States, 2005. Accessed October 2022.
  3. Cerebral Palsy Guide. Coexisting conditions. Accessed October 2022.
  4. Walshe M, Smith M, Pennington L. Interventions for drooling in children with cerebral palsy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2012, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD008624.
  5. Bax M, Goldstein M, Rosenbaum P, et al. Proposed definition and classification of cerebral palsy. Child Neurology. 2005;43:571-576.
  6. Cerebral Palsy Guidance. Cerebral palsy facts and statistics. Accessed October 2022.