Baby Teething and Rash Symptoms That Might Occur

By Elizabeth Summers / April 3, 2020 / No comments
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Teething is easily one of the more upsetting points in a child’s development. It’s rough for everyone involved too. The issues for a baby or child are obvious. But parents are forced to find ways to comfort their child in mind and body. What’s more, they also have to cope with things like unexpected rashes during this process.

What issue deserve special attention

It’s not always easy to know what’s normal during the teething process either. Researchers have discovered that a wide range of symptoms can go along with the teething process. Sometimes people assume that medical issues are minor because they simply come along with teething. And other times parents overreact and constantly look for medical attention when the matter is easily treated at home. However, there are some issues, like a drool rash, which are common enough that one can plan for it.

The nature of drool rashes

The first thing to keep in mind is that a drool rash tends to be linked with teething. This is because teething can begin at about the two month point. And salivary glands begin working at about the same time. However, the vagueness of that statement needs some special emphasis. The first tooth won’t appear until around six months. This provides a very wide scope within which one might see drooling without obvious teething. In short, they’re linked but not always causal.

However, teething will usually increase drooling. And increased drooling will often lead to saliva pooling in an area. This will cause irritation and eventually a rash. The result is known as a drool rash.

What symptoms to look out for

The link between teething and rash eruption also points to how one can be on guard for it. One should begin by paying extra attention to areas where drool might collect. One of the first areas to check is around the mouth. The source of the drool is often where one will see the majority of it collecting. But other common areas include the chin, chest and neck. Basically, one can think of the drool like any other viscous liquid. Consider where it might pool and collect after dripping from a baby’s mouth. Those are the areas to be especially careful about.

The rashes will usually appear as flat patches with tiny red bumps. This area might be slightly raised, but in general it won’t project enough to be especially noticeable. The rash is very distinct from a scab or anything similar.

Treatment and prevention

The only way to really prevent a drool rash is by cleaning up the drool. One should keep in mind that teething and rash aren’t always linked. The teething causes increased drooling. But one can stop the process of drool causing a rash by simply drying the area before it has a chance to become irritated.

If a rash has already formed, then one should wash and pat dry it about twice a day. Petroleum jelly or similar ointments can also form a barrier between the rash and further drool. One should also try to ensure that no further irritations are introduced to the skin. As such, one should give special attention to clothing which might irritate the area.

Habits and further prevention

This might seem like a lot of work at first. And to be sure, getting into the habit can take some time. But after one gets used to it the amount of work really is negligible. It’s more a process of simply getting used to looking for warning signs and dealing with them before they become a problem.