In the challenging journey of parenthood, the arrival of a teething infant can be a daunting experience. While the emergence of those tiny teeth is an exciting milestone, it often brings along an unwelcome guest: the dreaded drooling rash. To help you navigate this teething phase with confidence, we’ve curated a comprehensive guide with expert strategies to conquer the teething infants’ dreaded drooling rash.
Understanding Teething and Its Challenges
Teething is a natural process that typically begins around six months of age. However, it can vary from one infant to another. As the baby’s teeth start pushing through the gums, excessive drooling is common and can lead to a rash if not managed effectively.
The Science Behind Teething
Before delving into the strategies, it’s crucial to understand the science behind teething. The eruption of teeth puts pressure on the gums, leading to discomfort and irritability in infants. As a result, they tend to drool excessively, which can cause skin irritation and the development of a drooling rash.
Causes of drooling rash
It can occur due to an excessive amount of drool (saliva). It can appear around the mouth, lips, cheeks, and chin and can even go down to the neck and sometimes the chest as well. It happens when drool runs down their mouths and begins to dry. It causes the skin to be irritated and can break out into a rash.
- Keep a baby wash cloth to dry the drool
Parents should keep a washcloth nearby and try to dry the drool whenever they see it. It can be very difficult because the drooling is persistent and occurs almost all the time.
- Make the baby wear a bib
A soft baby bib is helpful and can prevent the drool from spreading down and it’s easier to wipe the face with it
- Apply thin layer of petroleum jelly
Apply a thin film of petroleum jelly (or Aquaphor) on the areas that tend to get dry. If the area is really red you can apply it several times a day for a few days in a row
When to see a doctor?
If rarely a drooling rash is persistent and not getting better consult a pediatrician. There are once in a while chances of a secondary infection with yeast. Your doctor may prescribe a low-dose steroid cream.
Generally, a thin smear of petroleum gel will do the trick. Do not forget to wipe off the drool when you see it and your baby will be just fine.
Teething is a significant milestone in your baby’s development, and the accompanying drooling rash doesn’t have to be a dreaded side effect. By implementing these strategies, you can keep your teething infant comfortable, dry, and rash-free.
How do you treat teething drool rash?
Wash your baby’s face gently with warm water and a soft cloth a few times a day to remove saliva or leftover food. Pat the face dry. Avoid rubbing the area excessively and using harsh ingredients that could irritate the rash further. Apply a healing ointment, like Aquaphor or petroleum jelly, to completely dry skin.
How long does the teething phase typically last?
The teething phase can last for several months, with different teeth emerging at different times. It usually begins around six months of age and continues throughout the first few years of life.