Drooling can be a permanent or temporary side effect of a number of medical conditions and disabilities

Try: #if drooling is a new and noticeable change in behavior in a Care recipient (cr) contact the cr cr’s primary care doctor prepare for the discussion by making a list of the cr cr’s current medications making note of any changes in the drugs or dosages prescribed also make a list of events or other symptoms that began around the same time as the drooling #ask if there are treatments exercises or therapies that can minimize it a doctor may refer you to physical therapists or speech therapists or other specialists #manage the wetness caused by drooling with absorbent cloths for mild drooling a cotton handkerchief might be enough for severe drooling a towel or bib on top of the shirt may be required look for products specifically for severe drooling in medical supply catalogs and stores #mild drooling may be minimized through the following exercise swallow saliva take a sip of water swallow use a straw for drinking to practice sipping #if a cr is immobile unaware or otherwise unable to wipe his or her saliva wipe the cr cr’s chin and neck as needed with respect don’t speak to the cr as if you are talking to a child

Materials: Napkin towel bib straw instructions medical consultations assessments and referrals as needed respect

Categories: Medical Physical, Mobility, Needs Much Assistance, Immobile, Independence, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Touch, Poor Touch, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware, Unaware

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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