Teething rash in babies has always been an excruciating process for both babies and moms in particular. Sleepless nights, irritation, fever are few outcomes it is associated with. A teething rash is also known as drool or dribble rash which is caused due to the constant dripping saliva from the mouth of your baby. It sticks mostly over the neck chest and chin area. The rash initially may burst as a red spot or bumps which on worsening may look like blisters and produce a very foul smell. You may confuse them with skin infection like eczema or yeast infections.
Causes and symptoms of teething rash in babies
The only case of rash is the leaking saliva. While teething your baby may produce extra saliva which permeates through his neck and chest to his clothes that remains damp. The skin of your baby is too sensitive and gradually it starts reacting to the same. Also, it is known that the saliva contains certain digestive enzymes in the drool to cause such a highly irritated and unattractive skin condition. Your baby may experience pain, itching, irritation accompanied by sleeplessness, uneasiness, and fever. Excessive rubbing may worsen the situation. If left untreated it may fill with pus or may get infected with cracked skin because of the germs carried over by constant rubbing or scraping.
Prevention and treatment of teething rash in babies
It is advisable and better to avoid those conditions which may cause rash if it is manifested, follow certain protocols to fight it away naturally:
Natural baby products are recommended over the fragrant and scented products which may prove to be harmful to your baby’s skin. Use good quality unscented soaps and moisturizer for your little one.
Use of lubricants
A teething rash can be prevented in the absence of moisture. Petroleum jelly, coconut is proved to be skin friendly, mild and good lubricants which may prevent the rash. Coconut oil is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties thus will avoid further bacterial invasion. Try using extra virgin coconut oil which is safe even if swallowed and has a sweet smell too. Apply these many times a day.
Aloe vera gel
It is known to have healing properties and is a boon to mankind for skin related issues. Mix with petroleum jelly or any cream and apply over the face and infected area, the recovery would be faster than you ever thought off.
One of the most crucial aspects to keep the rashes at bay is hygiene. Maintain a good eating, bathing and cleaning schedule. Wipe off your baby thoroughly but gently after a bath and dab some talc to keep the skin supple and dry.
Keep a watch over your baby and in case of over drool or saliva, just dab it with a little pressure and during the feeds, use a bib so that the clothes and the folds of neck skin remain clean and dry after a feed.
If you find too much dribbling on hands and face, wash the area with a bar of mild soap and water and pat it dry as hands may be a carrier for the germs.
It will be better to change the clothes at least twice or thrice in a day in case they get damp or after feeding.
You must get your baby clothes washed separately in a mild detergent and use some disinfectant for clothes. Chemicals in detergent may harm his skin. Your clothes may contain pollen thus avoid mixing the clothes.
Use of teethers
Keep the teethers in the fridge and he may chew it to relive his gums and itching.
Use of natural teethers
Avocado, deseeded cucumber, peeled apple, and carrot, works as natural teethers which provide nutrition and soothe his gums too.
Avoid perfumes and scented products
It will be better if you too use natural products for yourself to avoid any sort of discomfort in your baby. Perfumes may cause inflammation at times.
Bottle feeding and burping
After every feed, the bottle must be sterilized completely so to avoid any infection through the nipple and burp your baby for some time so that he doesn’t take out milk after some time.
Use a small sheet for putting your baby to sleep over the bed sheets.
Teething rash in babies: When should your baby visit a doctor?
These rashes are common and may disappear over time with home remedies. If you don’t find any improvement in the rashes and they turn leaky and redder, it is time to visit a doctor. He may prescribe over the counter pain suppressant and rash relieving creams to provide relief to your baby. A lot of cuddling, love, and care is required during this period.