Everything you ever wondered about a teething rash

A teething rash is very common in children who are about five or six months old.  It accompanies teething, just as the name sounds, although a teething rash is usually caused more by the excess drooling that comes along with teething.  

If you aren’t sure if your baby is teething, then there are a few ways you can tell.  For example, your baby will drool even more when he starts teething.  This may be hard to believe because babies tend to drool a lot anyway, but the drool will be rolling out of her mouth seemingly non-stop when teeth start coming in.  Babies who are teething also tend to be very cranky.  After all, who wouldn’t be cranky when their teeth and mouths are in constant pain?  You’ll also be able to tell if teeth are about to sprout by looking closely at baby’s gums.  The gums that look like their swelled up or bulging are actually about to sprout new teeth.  Baby also starts to mouth everything when he’s in the teething age.  This is because chewing on things helps soothe a little bit of the pain that’s due to teething.

Another very common sign that your baby is trying to cut some teeth is a teething rash.  This rash is actually caused by all the excess drool that just keeps rolling down baby’s face.  A teething rash looks like a red, raised area on the face, lips, chin, neck, and even chest.  The teething rash looks ghastly, but don’t worry.  It’s pretty harmless, and caring for a teething rash isn’t much different than caring for other types of rashes.  

To clear up a teething rash, start by wiping up the drool.  This may seem like a never-ending task, but just do the best you can.  You will probably want to clean it up a bit with a lukewarm wash cloth.  Make sure you pat the area dry.  Don’t rub it, or you will make the rash even worse.  Next, you’ll want to put some ointment on that teething rash.  Lanolin ointment is a great choice to treat a teething rash.  If you don’t have any lanolin ointment, then you might opt for petroleum jelly, which is a very common household product.  Try adding a little bit of aloe vera gel also to help soothe the area.  This will also keep the teething rash from spreading across the baby’s body.

You probably also will want to treat the baby’s teething symptoms at this time.  Offering up something cold to chew on will really help your little one’s gums feel better.  There are also a number of over-the-counter remedies that work wonders on teething pain.

Overall, the best thing you can do for your baby is just to help him through the pain.  After all, he’s got to cut those teeth, so anything you can do to alleviate some of the pain will make your baby feel even just a little bit better.