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swallowing medicine and spitting out toothpaste

I am a child care provider for a wonderfully sweet 4 year old autistic boy. His mom has come to me asking how she can get her son to swallow medicine (he will hold it in his mouth for over 45 minutes without ever swallowing) and today we are trying to get him to spit out his toothpaste (not something we want to have him swallow)

Any ideas we can try here at the center or that I can pass along to help out his mom?

posted 7 days ago by A MyAutismTeam User

You don't have to use toothpaste, actually it is probably better not to. Fluoride is actually a neurotoxin. There are many other things in toothpaste that are not… read more

posted 7 days ago

What are some candies/toothpastes that help reduce spitting/saliva production?

Wondering what candies, toothpaste, a child who spits a lot. My son is experiencing "juicy mouth" so I am looking for a candy/toothpaste to tackle too much saliva. Any suggestions?

tags: spit saliva candy toothpaste

posted over 3 years ago by A MyAutismTeam User
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Saltine crackers are the best thing to use. It is physically impossible to spit when eating a saltine cracker.

posted over 3 years ago

Abilify medicine

Recently our pediatrician recommended abilify for our sons transitions and focus issues. Has anyone tried this and if so did it help? We're a little concerned about putting our young son on strong meds like this, assuming he will even swallow the pill (hes not fooled by crushing and hiding in other foods/drinks either)

posted over 3 years ago by A MyAutismTeam User
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My son has been on abilify for about 6months and yes I have seen some changes in him being calmer at times when he use to not be. His teacher at school says she… read more

posted over 3 years ago

Does anyone else have issues with an 11 yr old asd non verbal holding saliva in mouth?

My cute son will hold his spit in his mouth until he throws up or is told to spit somewhere. He will hold it on the school bus, in the car up to 80 miles without swallowing. This is all new behavior for us. Any tips or advice is appreciated.

tags: holding saliva filling cheeks with spit car rides spitting everywhere

posted about 4 years ago by A MyAutismTeam User
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My son does something similar. He somehow regurgitates foam and moves it in and out of his mouth really fast. It's quiet disgusting and disturbing. His mothers side… read more

posted over 3 years ago

How do i get my 6 year old daughter to stop spitting?Ever since she caught the RSV she refuses to swallow her own spit.....

posted almost 4 years ago by A MyAutismTeam User
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well. I haven't experienced this but my son wants to blow his nose constantly. After years of telling him to stop it or get a tissue.... I finally started just handing… read more

posted almost 4 years ago


Does anyone have a problem with spitting up. My daughter spits to the point I have to change her shirts or playing with it on her arm.. Any suggestions to get her to stop.. Thanks in advance !!

posted over 3 years ago by A MyAutismTeam User

Maybe see a gastro dr. My son did this and it was all reflux. He is on 3 different acid reflux meds.

posted over 3 years ago

Holding saliva in mouth for extensive periods of time

Hi. I'm an AU teacher with a student who has a new habit (past 2 weeks) of holding his saliva in his mouth. He hovers over the garbage when we bring him to the garbage. I have tried to use reward items and activities he typically loves but he does not budge when it comes to this. I have read that this can affect children's teeth and after the child coughed last week, it went all over everything and everyone. I have contacted home but his guardian is lost and… read more

tags: Saliva spit

posted almost 2 years ago by A MyAutismTeam User

Apparently, there is nothing new under the sun as this issue has been tackled before.

posted almost 2 years ago


My daughter ia on celexa 30 mg. It doesn't seam to make much difference and then 2 months ago they put her on Serequel 25 mg. And in 8 weeks she gained 25 pounds. It was for her anxiety but it only made her stress about her clothes not fitting. We went from a 7/8 to a 12/14 I bought new clothes of course but she was crying all the time because she wanted her old clothes back. So we weened her off as off last week she is off and she's already lost 5 lbs but she is a melt down mess again. Does anyone… read more

posted over 1 year ago by A MyAutismTeam User

My daughter is 24 tried Zoloft when she was about 8 she went up 3 sizes in clothes in 6 mo
We took her off b/c we saw no difference in behavior
She has been resistant… read more

posted over 1 year ago


Has anyone tried tenex for anxiety or know of any natural herbs?

posted about 3 years ago by A MyAutismTeam User
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5htp and L-theanine are natural options. 5htp is precursor to serotonin and has similar impact as a SSRI without the side effects but should not be take long term.… read more

posted about 3 years ago

How can I teach my son to drink through a straw and/or spit?

We've tried teaching our son to drink through a straw but he wants to just bite it, and then widen his mouth (like for a sippy cup) and then the liquid just runs back out of his mouth. Part of the challenge here is that he doesn't like most drinks. Prefers water above everything, and it takes a little to a lot of coaxing for milk or juices. So there isn't any incentive to drink through a straw. We've tried hard ones but they still are small. Maybe… read more

tags: spit drink straw

posted over 4 years ago by A MyAutismTeam User
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Thank you for all of the feedback! I had some partial success cutting down a straw so he had less sucking to do to get what he wanted. That was a great suggestion. He… read more

posted over 4 years ago
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