Teething Rash Treatment
Fortunately, rashes that occur from excess drool during teething typically go away on their own. You can find a laundry list of teething rash remedies online, but it’s wise to avoid those not recommended by trustworthy sources or your pediatrician.
If your child’s rash doesn’t resolve quickly or they have other concerning symptoms, be sure to call your pediatrician to see if it’s necessary to schedule an appointment. Doctors can recommend prescription and over-the-counter medications and ointments to relieve rashes and other symptoms. It’s important to contact your pediatrician if your child’s rash has dark purple or red spots or is “swollen, wet, crusting, blistery, or oozy.”
Luckily, caring for your child’s rash related to teething is straightforward. You can prevent it from worsening and reoccurring in the future at the same time by limiting irritation to their skin from moisture, abrasion, and products that dry it out.
Steps to prevent or treat teething rash may include:
- Use a soft cloth to wipe away drool from around your child’s mouth, chin, face, and lips as soon as possible.
- Ensure that your child’s clothing is dry. Wet clothing (especially from drool) can irritate their skin.
- Apply petroleum jelly-like cream around their affected areas as a protective barrier between their saliva and skin.
- Use a bib to catch falling drool before it wets their clothes (and as a handy way to clean around their mouth quickly!)
- Use products to clean and treat your child’s rash that will not further irritate the skin, like mild soaps for sensitive skin.
- Avoid excessive cleaning or scrubbing of the affected area as not to aggravate the rash further.
An important takeaway is that teething doesn't directly cause a rash, but the resulting drool does. Be sure to keep your child's skin and clothing dry to avoid further irritation to affected areas, and their rash should clear up on its own. Remember that your pediatrician is an important resource for any questions or concerns; you've done a great job informing yourself on teething rash and how to avoid it.