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When we are little we do not realize the impact that a simple drooling can have. A secretion that in the first months of life can be uncontrolled, which is usually funny. Who has not cleaned a baby's slipper while he sleeps or plays enthusiastically?
This involuntary action of the organism, derived many times for the pleasure of the moment, usually happens in children with normal development, but it can persist in children with a brain injury such as cerebral palsy.
This drooling that occurs in some cases of cerebral palsy, is produced by inadequate control of the muscles of the throat, mouth and tongue. Which can mainly produce two problems: on the one hand, irritation of the skin, which entails some care applying moisturizing cream, changing your clothes when it is wet, etc ... But at the same time, it can also involve certain problems of a social nature, which can lead to isolation in some children.
Sometimes, due to the desire of the family and the teachers that the drool be reduced, we adopt repressive attitudes towards them. If they are showing a discomfort or discomfort with his drooling, telling him for example that if he drools he will not have friends or he will not be handsome, etc ... The only thing that we achieve with that is to lower his self-esteem and make him feel ashamed.
Drooling in these cases, becomes one more deficit of the brain injury. So for improve that saliva control, a speech therapy rehabilitation is required with correction habits. But the most important thing is to keep in mind that the child is not responsible for this drooling.
When I was little and I went to a special school, where children with this problem of drooling, they told us that if we did not control the drooling, we could not go to eat at the table of those who did not drool. Which was intended to be a reinforcement to modify that behavior, but in reality it became somewhat contradictory for us. Since, at times, it could generate frustration with wanting and not being able to control drooling, impotence and inferiority to other partners.
For this reason, I think that one should act in a normalizing way before the drooling of children with disabilities, facilitating rehabilitative or pedagogical opportunities through activities and games. Encouraging the exercise of swallowing through the game of creating a chain story, where they guide that in each sentence they have to stop and swallow saliva. Also playing see I see or any other activity with this same pattern.
With this we are promoting a corrective behavior in the face of drooling such as swallowing, in a motivating and integrating way for the child and avoiding frustrations in the child.
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