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Occasionally when I am making a bowel movement, if I am even slightly constipated I will begin drooling profusely.Is that normal?
Not normal: BUT entirely possible. Seems normal for you. The gut is one long tube that talks to the brain and to itself. If there is a problem in one segment of the gut thee is sometimes reflex feedback to other parts of the gut that can induce symptoms such as you describe. ...Read more
Hypersalivation: Causes of saliva overproduction include pregnancy, excessive starch intake, gastroesophageal reflux disease, pancreatitis, liver disease, serotonin syndrome, oral ulcers, and oral infections. Medications that can cause saliva overproduction include clozapine, pilocarpine, ketamine, and potassium chlorate. Toxins can also cause hypersalivation. These include mercury, copper, organophosphates, and arsenic. ...Read more
Bibs and wipedowns: I consider drooling as a marker for the level of social conscience of an infant. What a wonderful freedom not to worry about your appearance.Yes it increases with teething or mouth or gum irritation, but really reflects a disintrest in swallowing the extra volume. As the child develops social awareness they will stop.Your repeated wipedowns will help them learn what you expect from them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the cause: Some medications cause drooling. The easiest solution is: sugar-free gum or candy. This doesn't fix the problem but encourages you to swallow often, so drooling is less of a problem. Another solution some doctors use is atrovent nasal spray, sprayed under the tongue. Anticholinergic medications are sometimes helpful too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
That depends: Causes of drooling vary with age. I'm not qualified to discuss childhood causes, but in adults a variety of neurologic and even psychiatric disorders can have inability to control one's saliva. Some medications are associated with this. If persistent, i recommend you see a doctor. ...Read more