Drool rash or Teething rash is something that you had probably never heard of before you became a parent. I sure hadn’t and my daughter ended up being an extremely drooly baby. My main questions were…what exactly is drool rash and how can I treat it and help prevent it.
Drool rash is a rash that is usually seen around the lips, on the cheeks, the chin, the neck, and even on the chest. The skin can become red and sensitive and varies from a slight redness to in extreme case, scabbing. These types of rashes are most commonly caused by the excess saliva (drool) that is produced during the teething process. It is very common and a completely natural reaction of the saliva and skin. You as a parent have done nothing wrong to cause it, so don’t worry.
Luckily there are many things that you can do help prevent or soothe the rash. The main thing to remember is to keep the skin as dry and clean as possible. The rash is caused by the delicate skin staying moist so keeping it dry is essential. Experts recommend washing the area with warm water and patting dry, then using a soft cloth to keep the skin dry when the drool “escapes”. The skin can be very sensitive so be extra gentle when wiping.
There are recommendations of applying a barrier cream to the skin around the mouth. If you choose to use one please ensure that the area is completely clean and dry before applying a barrier cream. You do not want to trap bacteria next to the skin. Be warned, that there are even recommendations in forums of applying a barrier of diaper rash cream. Personally, I would never want to risk putting anything that isn’t safe to ingest near my child’s mouth? If you need to use a barrier cream or a cream to soothe the irritated skin, breastfeeding nipple cream could be a safer option.
If your child does get a rash, don’t panic. These rashes are very common. Check with your pediatrician and then continue to keep the skin as dry as possible. If you have major droolers like me, it is not an easy task. This is why I invented Drool Monkey for my first child. She was a major drooler and began the teething process very early. I needed something extremely soft to wipe her mouth and chin with and it had to be something that I could keep clean. When I noticed she was naturally pulling blankets or toys to her mouth to chew on them, I decided to make my life easier. I found that when she naturally pulled the absorbent fabric to her mouth it absorbed a lot of the excess drool keeping her skin dry and my job easier. I then had the rest of the fabric always on hand to wipe when needed.
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