Does your baby or toddler salivate all over itself? Excessive drool and moisture around your baby's mouth due to teething can cause rashes.
Teething is a significant milestone in a baby's development, but it often comes with some challenges, including drool rash or teething rash. When babies start teething, they produce excess saliva that can cause irritation and redness around their mouth, chin, and cheeks. Fortunately, majority of drool rash can be treated and managed at home with proper care.
Treating Teething Rash at Home
Gentle Cleansing: The first step in managing teething rash is to keep the affected areas clean. Gently wash your baby's face with warm water twice a day. Avoid using medicated soaps or harsh cleansers, as they may worsen the condition. Pat your baby's skin dry with a soft cloth to prevent further irritation. Try our Ultra Gentle Face Cleanser and Gentle Body Shampoo to cleanse your baby with a product that is free of all harmful artificial chemical.
Healing Ointments: Once the skin is completely dry, apply a healing ointment like Aquaphor or a pediatrician-approved barrier cream. These ointments soothe the irritated skin and act as a protective layer against drool.
Avoid Irritating Products: Be cautious about the products you use on your baby's skin. Choose mild, fragrance-free baby washes during bath time and opt for unscented baby lotion if necessary.
Preventing Teething Rash
Gently Wipe Around the Area: When wiping your baby's face, use soft, gentle motions to avoid aggravating the sensitive skin around the mouth and cheeks. Opt for cotton pads or a soft cloth.
Use a Bib: A bib is an excellent way to catch excess drool and saliva, preventing it from coming into direct contact with your baby's skin. Choose bibs made of soft, absorbent material that won't cause additional friction or irritation.
Limit Pacifier Use: If your baby uses a pacifier, try to give them breaks from it during the day. Constant salivation from sucking on a pacifier can contribute to drool rash development.
Clean Baby's Mouth: After meals or when your baby is drooling, gently wipe their mouth with a clean, damp cloth to remove excess saliva. This will reduce the amount of moisture on their skin and minimize the risk of developing a rash.
Teething is a natural and exciting phase in a baby's life, but it can be accompanied by challenges like drool rash. Thankfully, with proper care and attention, most cases of teething rash can be effectively managed at home. Remember to wash the affected areas gently with warm water, keep the skin dry, and apply a healing ointment to promote healing.