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Many children with cerebral palsy have difficulty controlling saliva. Drooling varies in severity and can be distressing for the children, families, and caregivers. Physical and psychosocial complications can range from mild and inconvenient symptoms to severe problems that can have a significant negative impact on quality of life.1

Physical complications:

Perioral chapping and maceration with secondary infection, dehydration, and foul odor.2

Psychosocial complications:

Isolation, barriers to education (such as inability to share books or computer keyboards), and increased dependency and level of care.2

Caretakers and loved ones may find it more difficult to demonstrate affection with affected patients, contributing to a potentially devastating stigmatization.

How common is cerebral palsy (CP)?

10,000 kids per year are born with CP kids per year are
born with CP.3

How common is chronic severe drooling?

223,000 patients have Chronic Severe Drooling due to CP

  1. Walshe M, Smith M, Pennington L. Interventions for drooling in children with cerebral palsy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2012, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD008624.
  2. Hockstein NG, Samadi DS, Gendron K, Handler SD. Sialorrhea: a management challenge. Am Fam Physician. 2004;69(11):2628-2634. Accessed October 2022.
  3. Cerebral Palsy Guidance. Cerebral palsy facts and statistics. Accessed October 2022.
  4. CDC. Prevalence and most common causes of disability among adults--United States, 2005. Accessed October 2022.
  5. Cerebral Palsy Guide. Coexisting conditions. Accessed October 2022.