Excessive drooling in a child

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An overview of the signs, symptoms and medical options for this condition of uncontrollable drooling, known as sialorrhea.

Key points

  • Excessive drooling is not normal in the older, healthy child.
  • Causes may be linked with poor mouth and tongue control.
  • It is important to rule out any serious conditions that may be causing the drooling.
  • Non-surgical treatment may include improving posture, orthodontics, reducing nose blockage or certain medications.
Last updated: May 14th 2010