An evidence-based approach to the child who drools saliva
Version of Record online: 28 MAY 2009
© 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 34, Issue 3, pages 236–239, June 2009
How to Cite
Little, S.A., Kubba, H. and Hussain, S.S.M. (2009), An evidence-based approach to the child who drools saliva. Clinical Otolaryngology, 34: 236–239. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-4486.2009.01917.x
- Issue online: 28 MAY 2009
- Version of Record online: 28 MAY 2009
Background: Drooling is a common dysfunction in children with cerebral palsy and may also affect neurologically unimpaired children. It causes significant social handicap to both children and their families.
Methods: The data in this article are supported by a Medline search (November 2008) utilising the keywords drooling, sialorrhea, botulinium toxin, salivary duct ligation and also by the use of the personal bibliographies of the senior authors.
Results: The majority of the published literature for drooling is of level III/IV evidence.
Conclusion: Multiple therapeutic interventions are available for paediatric drooling. These are most appropriately introduced in a stepwise progression from behaviour therapy, to pharmacotherapy to surgical procedures.