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constant dribbling & can't talk properly Lock Rss

Hi all. I've been babysitting my 3 and 4 year old nephew's since yesterday and I've noticed something that drives me insane and i don't think its at all normal, I've noticed it before when visiting and stuff but didn't realize how bad it was until now..

anyway, My nephew like the tittle says is 4 but he constantly has dribble coming out of his mouth! for example when i help him get dressed (which i believe he should do on his own by now but anyhow that's another story) when he's looking down the dribble comes out fast and just hangs there he does nothing about it.. our sometimes when he talks it builds up to the point he dribbles when he speaks.

the 3year old on the other hand has no problem in that area but cannot talk properly he just baby talks and mumbles and even his parents can't understand him..

they think these behaviors in the boys are fine and no problem at all but i think otherwise. not that i would ever be a bitch and say so.

this is not a vent as much as it might sound like one lol i just really want to know has anyone experienced children within the same age bracket with these problems or are they really not a problem?

I would love to hear any experiences or ideas on the matter..
Thanks

Mum of 3 girls, 1 boy, 1 angel, 1 on the way!

My nearly 4 yr old dribbles to and no I don't think it is normal. We have just found out that he has fluid build up in his ears and cannot hear properly. He has to have grommets. I am currently waiting to get him in to see an ear nose and throat specialist who will hopefully shed some light on the dribbling as well as doing the grommets.
Def not normal though speech issues need to be dealt with early to the longer they are left the harder they are to fix.
Maybe try mentioning something although not sure how but I am sure the school will say something once he starts

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well they are both in preschool and as far as i know the teacher have not said anything. they just moved and are going to a new one for the past 2 weeks so they might pick up on it?

the his credit the 4 year old has had a bit of a runny nose the past few days so it may just seem worse to me now because of that but it def is still a problem before this.

the 3 year old's speech is something i have brought up to my sister because my daughter is only 2 months younger and makes clear sentences and conversations that just about everyone can understand so I've put it to her and she said it is normal and the school said he is OK he will grow out of it. they have both recently ( sept-nov) had their 3-4 month checks and as far as i know doc didn't say anything..

from my understanding sometimes when children have a speech problem it could be caused by any level of deafness so i have told her to get his ears checked before but i don't know if she has..

Mum of 3 girls, 1 boy, 1 angel, 1 on the way!

I think both 'problems' are both relatively normal. Apparently excess drooling may be caused by lack of coordination between salivation and swallowing, which tends to develop more as children get older - some have problems, others don't. My DD2 had excess dribble, she used to always have a rash on her face, but it cleared up on its own. It could also be due to a lack of muscle tone in the mouth, which tends to correct itself, too - I wouldn't be too worried about it. As for the three year old not talking properly - NONE of my children have talked properly at three years old - well, with the exception of my DD4 who is not quite 2! My DD1 would speak in her own 'language' much of the time when she was that age, and we took her to see a speech pathologist on recommendation from the child health nurse - however, my DD1 could talk, not in whole sentences but could say clear words when she wanted to, and was deemed normal. She now talks beautifully! My DD2 could speak when she was 3 but it wasn't clear, we could understand but not others - she has been doing speech therapy at school but she only has troubles now with the sounds that develop later - so no problem there. My DD3 is 4 years old now and while she speaks a lot, and I can usually understand her, others have trouble, but that is completely normal. As for my DD4, she is almost 2 and can say words, but has only just started stringing a couple of words together now and again - again, completely normal! Kids develop at their own pace, but I can say that the amount of three year olds that I have met that talk very clearly are in the minority. I wouldn't be concerned at all!

kerrie, VIC, DD 12/8/03, DD 12/10/05, DD 14/9/07, DD 4/1/10

Yeah, the spit thing is a bit weird, but it's probably something that the kid doesn't even think about. With some things that seem normal to some people actually don't come naturally to others - he might simply like the feel of having spit in his mouth, I did at his age! Weird, yes, but I did many odd things - I'm sort of normal now! It could be that he has discovered that if he doesn't swallow the spit he can do all manner of 'cool' things with it, or he could simply just not realise he is supposed to swallow it. OR he could have overactive saliva glands, or poor muscle tone in his mouth, and I'm not sure there is anything to correct that apart from making him aware that he needs to swallow it. However, that could be met with defiance - so really not sure how you would tackle it if you wanted to!

kerrie, VIC, DD 12/8/03, DD 12/10/05, DD 14/9/07, DD 4/1/10


I think both 'problems' are both relatively normal. Apparently excess drooling may be caused by lack of coordination between salivation and swallowing, which tends to develop more as children get older - some have problems, others don't. My DD2 had excess dribble, she used to always have a rash on her face, but it cleared up on its own. It could also be due to a lack of muscle tone in the mouth, which tends to correct itself, too - I wouldn't be too worried about it. As for the three year old not talking properly - NONE of my children have talked properly at three years old - well, with the exception of my DD4 who is not quite 2! My DD1 would speak in her own 'language' much of the time when she was that age, and we took her to see a speech pathologist on recommendation from the child health nurse - however, my DD1 could talk, not in whole sentences but could say clear words when she wanted to, and was deemed normal. She now talks beautifully! My DD2 could speak when she was 3 but it wasn't clear, we could understand but not others - she has been doing speech therapy at school but she only has troubles now with the sounds that develop later - so no problem there. My DD3 is 4 years old now and while she speaks a lot, and I can usually understand her, others have trouble, but that is completely normal. As for my DD4, she is almost 2 and can say words, but has only just started stringing a couple of words together now and again - again, completely normal! Kids develop at their own pace, but I can say that the amount of three year olds that I have met that talk very clearly are in the minority. I wouldn't be concerned at all!

thanks for your reply,

It makes sense what you said about the dribbling and swallowing because it does seem he just sometimes forgets or what ever to swallow. so that could be it..

As for the speaking part the only other 2-3 year olds i know are my daughter and my sil 3 year old who is only 3 days younger and he talk's okay, and as for my daughter i have been told by all the teachers at her preschool that she is very advanced for her age.
so i have not had much contact with children of this age group and just figured he should be able to talk better by now and his own parents should understand him.. i was told by a chn before that the parents should be able to understand majority of what their child tries to say..

I am by no means putting her boys down i love them with all my heart and i am not saying my daughter or any other kid is better i just feel like if it is a problem i don't want them to suffer in the future if it's 'fixable' now..

Mum of 3 girls, 1 boy, 1 angel, 1 on the way!

My nearly 20 year old son was a profuse dribbler from a very young age and by 2 it was so bad he had constant dribble rashes on his chin and neck..and it turned out he needed grommets in his ears...after the operation the dribbling stopped!

My nearly 20 year old son was a profuse dribbler from a very young age and by 2 it was so bad he had constant dribble rashes on his chin and neck..and it turned out he needed grommets in his ears...after the operation the dribbling stopped!


thanks for posting this!! For some reason I have just been putting DS dribbling down to his molars cutting he is nearly 4. We were suppose to get grommets but his ears ended up clearing up so might get his ears checked again. Would he have like a constant cough? not a major cough but kind of like hes clearing his throat?

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