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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 about 1 year ago by A MyAutismTeam User

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 4 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 4 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 4 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… read more

posted over 4 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 over 5 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… read more

posted over 4 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 about 5 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… read more

posted almost 5 years ago


I have a question my son likes to spit in people's face. I've tried everything to get him to stop and nothing seems to work. Does anybody else have any ideas on how to handle this problem

posted about 1 year ago by A MyAutismTeam User
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Its sensory, have you tried chewies? Some kids produce a lot of saliva and spit when upset or even if thier mouth has excess saliva. A good Ot should be… read more

posted about 1 year 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 4 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 4 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 3 years ago by A MyAutismTeam User

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

posted almost 3 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 almost 3 years 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… read more

posted over 2 years ago


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

posted about 4 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… read more

posted about 4 years ago
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