Often, children with the cerebral palsy would travel with the swallowing saliva. So, we call it drooling. This is caused by brain injuries. So, they have difficulty in swallowing.
There are two different types of drooling. One is anterior drooling. So, when your child cannot swallow the saliva, it comes out of the mouth. This cause s much of trouble in general. When he or she goes to school, they get embarrassed because they always drool and then, it can cause the skin problems. Sometimes, they really have a problem with changing their clothes.
The other type of drooling is a possibility which means, we don’t really see the saliva coming out of their mouth. But, the saliva is going to the lung instead of pointing to the stomach. That saliva is kind of a hard aspiration pneumonia. Those children usually come to the hospital for the pneumonia treatment and they get sick a lot.
If your child has the problem in drooling, you should know there are different options of treatment. There’s medication. It can be pills or it can be liquid form. So, you can easily provide those medication and you can bring your child to the doctors.
Doctors can provide injection to salivary glands today. Sometimes we can repeat this injection continuously as long as your child needs discrete injection. One other option is starter intervention. So, you can bring your child to ear, nose and throat doctor. We call them the ENT.
Clothing management is very important for children with cerebral palsy, because of a medical and social aspect. So, make sure that you address your child’s drooling problems with a medical professional .