Understanding Drool Rash Associated with Teething
As a new parent, you will be faced with many exciting and challenging moments, one being teething when drool rash is common. Sometimes, new parents become alarmed as this type of rash appears but as you will discover, it is perfectly normal and even to be expected. We wanted to provide some helpful information about this type of teething rash, as well as other information and even things you can do to help.
Teething is not only a time when your baby will be uncomfortable, and sometimes in pain, but also a time when you will begin to notice what is called drool rash. In addition to drooling and the rash that develops, other physical changes associated with teething include low-grade fever, diarrhea, chewing on things, and fussiness. When a baby is going through the teething phase, it is very disheartening to you as the parent but remember that every baby goes through this and you do have options to sooth your child.
As far as drool rash associated with baby teething, this occurs because of a higher than normal production of saliva. As the teeth try to push through the skin, excessive saliva is produced and this coupled with your baby’s sensitive skin, as the saliva dribbles down the sides of the mouth, drool rash results. When you begin to notice symptoms of teething, you should also watch for signs of drool rash, which would include redness, tiny bumps, and in rare occasions, sensitivity to touch.
While your baby is teething, if he or she were to develop drool rash, we recommend that you keep a soft and clean cotton cloth nearby so as the saliva starts to dribble down your baby’s face, you could remove it. Again, your baby has extra sensitive skin at the age of teething so instead of wiping the saliva when dealing with drool rash, it would be better to dab at it. This will keep the dribbling saliva from turning into a serious case of drool rash but also not add to the irritability to the skin.
Now, if your baby has developed a bad case of drool rash, one of the easiest solutions is to apply a little bit of petroleum jelly such as Vaseline. This will keep the area where the drool rash exists moist but also act as a moisture barrier so as more and more saliva starts to dribble, it would not make the problem worse. Remember, some babies will get only a minor case of drool rash while others seem to experience a more serious case. In fact, some babies never get a rash at all.
Of course, if at any time the drool rash were to become extremely red and sore, you should contact your baby’s pediatrician. While this type of rash turning into an infection is almost never heard of, it could happen. Regardless, if you have concerns at all with any of the symptoms that go along with teething, it is always better to talk to the pediatrician so if something more could be done you would know, as well as have peace of mind.