Teething Rashes and Treatment
Teething rashes are localized to the mouth, chin and cheeks and are simply the result of your baby's skin becoming and staying wet, thanks to the uptick in salivary production during teething. When your baby's sensitive skin becomes wet and then comes in contact with things like fabric or food, it can cause irritation. Teething rashes are usually short-lived, but you can help prevent and treat the redness and discomfort with these tips:
- Wipe away drool with a soft cloth as soon as you notice it. The longer your baby's skin remains wet, the better chance it has to develop into a teething rash.
- Put a thin coat of petroleum jelly around your baby's lips and chin. This puts a protective barrier between saliva and skin.
- Use a mild baby soap to wash during bathtime, as harsh detergents and soaps can irritate sensitive skin further.
- Change your baby's clothing when it becomes wet; even the softest shirts can irritate the skin if they are damp.
- Use bibs to keep another layer between clothes and your baby's saliva. Change the bib often.
- See your doctor if the rash becomes chapped, broken or doesn't seem to go away with treatment. It may be more serious than a simple teething rash, and your pediatrician can prescribe ointments to help clear up stubborn and painful rashes.
As soon as your baby's skin is dry, clean and friction-free, you should see a marked improvement in teething rashes.
Teething can already be a drag — for you and your baby. Irritated, chapped skin can make the teething phase even harder than it has to be. By keeping your little one's skin clean and dry, you'll have one less symptom to worry about.
Once your child is ready, take care of their new teeth by brushing with Colgate's My First Fluoride-Free Toothpaste, which gently cleans teeth with no artificial colors, fluoride, preservatives or sodium lauryl sulfate. This gentle formula is perfect for your little one and will take care of those hard-earned new teeth.