Not sure where the line is drawn exactly, but in my world a 4 year old is not considered a toddler anymore. And the departure from toddlerhood brings up an issue for Rob and I, which is Oia's drooling. We are not bothered by the fact that Oia drools. To love her is to love ALL of her and what she does and we do so whole-heartedly. But, not everyone does. Kids her age are well aware of the girl with the wet chin, occasional drool, and damp shirt. Kids have commented, many stare, and a few have actually backed away from her as if she was contagious. Those are the times I cuss CP.
On an average day, I must change Oia out of a soaked shirt at least once, many days twice. I've learned long ago to dress her in light colored shirts, mainly white ones, as this color doesn't show much wetness. Her long blond hair is ALWAYS pulled back into a ponytail or otherwise it becomes wet and sticky with food, stuck to her neck and chin, and an absolute mess. So needless to say, we've come to the place where we are ready to try Robinul, a Glycopyrrolate, which our developmental pediatrician suggested we could try long ago. The drug is used to treat many things but our goal ~ a dryer mouth with NO side effects.
To be certain to find the right dose without going overboard thus avoiding any potential side effects, we began at the lowest possible dose of .1 mL. That basically equates to about 1 drop. Over the course of the last two weeks we have worked our way up to 1.5 mL. This seems to be where we are noticing less drool, if any. We are going to continue the dose of 1.5 mL on days where Oia will be among others her age, such as on school days, at birthday parties, on play dates, etc. Other times, we'll leave her be. That's the beauty of the medication ~ it metabolizes quickly so there is no wean period and we can stop or start the med at any time.
Overall, I'm not crazy about medicating my child for something that may seem so vain to others. But at the end of the day, we want Oia to be socially accepted. If the remedy to this particular difference in Oia noted by others is as safe as a minimal dose of medication, then we're on board with it. And so far, so good. She wore the same shirt all day long today, from morning to bath time. And it was even bright pink. This is a first for us. So at this point, we'll continue the use of the med as long as it continues to treat her well.
Photo taken on a day of no medication. Not too wet yet.