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
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.