Injecting botulinum toxin into the salivary glands reduces saliva production, so should improve your child’s dribbling and drooling. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about salivary gland injections with botulinum toxin, why it might be suggested and what to expect when your child has the injections.
What happens before the injections?
What does the procedure involve?
Are there any risks?
Are there any alternatives?
What happens afterwards?
- The injection site looks red, swollen and feels hotter than the surrounding skin
- The injection site is oozing
- Your child has difficulty swallowing or chewing
- Your child is in a lot of pain and pain relief does not seem to help
- Your child has a temperature of 38°C or higher.
Please note this is a generic GOSH information sheet. If you have specific questions about how this relates to your child, please ask your doctor. Please note this information may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals.