by hols537 (1031 Posts), Wed Jun 10, 2009 02:10 pm
Alexander is 27 months old now and he's still drooling. He's always been assessed as developmentally on track for his adjusted age. However, when he was released from the NICU follow-up, she mentioned that if he was still drooling at 2 he should get some speech therapy. I discussed with his pediatrician at his 2 year appointment and we both largely dismissed it as "situational". But over the past few months, I've paid a bit more attention and I think it's not situational, but chronic. His speech is quite good and even complete strangers can understand most of what he says. But, he drools a lot. To the point that I won't let him eat chocolate or other dark foods because it drips down his face onto everything.
So, I guess my question is...is this really abnormal and should I bring it back up with the pedi? Could this be a result of being 2 months early? And, how does insurance handle things like speech therapy? I'm assuming this is out of scope for things like early intervention given he's always been deemed on track and he's already over 2.
I appreciate any perspective you experienced moms can offer. I'm feeling worried, both on the developmental front as well as the financial front since our insurance covers almost nothing and we've already spent a fortune out of pocket thanks to a rough winter respiratory-wise.
Thanks in advance!