Teething rash, also known as a drool rash that develops due to excessive drooling in an infant. Teeth are coming in, causing rashes on the baby’s face. Apart from the face, rashes and skin irritation can also develop on the chin, neck, and chest.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information(1) confirms that teething can show minor or infrequent symptoms and hence can be difficult to identify. Some of the common symptoms apart from a rash are increased chewing on toys and gum pain.
Treatment for Teething Rash
CURE 1: Home Remedies
You can massage the gums of your baby through two techniques. One way is to follow circular motions on the jaw from the outside. In the second technique, you can massage the inner surface of the cheek with a gentle finger.
Experts believe that the pressure from the massage relieves the pain and discomfort from teething rashes.
You can use your fingers to massage. Make sure your finger is properly washed and clean before you begin the massage. You can also use a wet gauze pad to massage outside of the gum. Do this multiple times in a day at regular intervals.
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Cold Teething Toys
Teething toys allows the baby to chew on them and relieve the sore and sensitive gums. The pressure put on the rising teeth from the teething toy lessens the discomfort. A cool teething toy numbs out the pain and relaxes the baby. The baby can continue to keep it in the mouth, even while sleeping.
Do not use the freezer to cool the toy. Put the toy in the freezer to reach the appropriate temperature. The baby can keep it throughout the day if it succeeds in comforting him/her.
Experts confirm that Vaseline is one of the best products to treat chafing, irritated skin, rashes, etc. When Vaseline is applied, it acts as a barrier between the skin and the drool and does not allow drool to come in direct contact with the skin.
How to Use and How Much?
Keep applying it to your baby at regular intervals. Use a clean finger to spread it across evenly on the skin.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics(2) confirms that the child can swallow toothpaste while brushing. The fluoride present in the toothpaste can be harmful to the baby and worsen the teething symptoms.
It is advisable to use fluoride-free toothpaste to monitor the teething rash treatment properly.
Brush your baby’s teeth twice with a fluoride-free toothpaste – once in the morning and once before putting your baby to sleep. For children younger than six years, it is recommended to use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
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CURE 2: Foods
Frozen and Soft Food
The gums during the teething period become very sensitive and make it difficult for the baby to chew on hard food. Other nutritious soft foods can be fed to the baby during this period, like peas, bananas, avocados, etc.
Experts suggest that soft food can be chilled to relieve the baby’s gums through the numbness. Additionally, you can freeze breastmilk to dismiss the discomfort of your baby.
Do not chill the food by putting it in the freezer. Additionally, if you are using a mesh feeder, then you can keep some ice cubes in the feeder. During the teething period, stick to soft food entirely. Chill at least two meals of the day because constant frozen food can risk the baby of catching a cold.
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CURE 3: Herbal Remedies
Babies have very soft and sensitive skin which is prone to irritation in a teething condition. Aloe vera helps relieve the skin and bring down the itchiness. Studies reveal that aloe vera has many enzymes in it which in combination with the presence of zinc, calcium, sodium, etc. reduces inflammation of the skin.
Do not give aloe vera juice orally to the baby. Apply gel on the aggravated areas. However, if you notice some allergic reactions, then stop using it. Apply the aloe vera gel twice or thrice a day to achieve desired results.
Studies confirm that coconut oil is rich in essential fatty acids and proteins which gently moisturizes the skin. A baby’s skin is delicate and sensitive and cannot stand harsh chemicals. Coconut oil is entirely natural and adequately hydrates rashes on the skin.
Use your fingers or a cotton ball to put oil on the aggravated area. Do this thrice daily.
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Sources confirm that clove oil is very commonly used for dental conditions in adults. A small amount of clove can also be used for babies over two years old. Teething can be a problem in older babies as well. The rich antiseptic properties of the clove relieve the pain due to it.
You can dilute some clove oil in water and then massage the solution along with the baby’s gum. It is advisable for babies over two years old as it should not be ingested. Do this twice daily to achieve desired results.
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In a comparative study between 6 fruit extracts, rosehip was found to be the richest in antioxidant properties. It has compounds like polyphenols and galactolipids which have anti-inflammatory effects. When applied on irritated skin, rosehip cures the ruptured skin cell membranes and reduces discomfort.
You can rub a small amount of rosehip oil on the aggravated area with your fingers. Do this thrice daily to soothe the teething rash.
A baby might have to face multiple teething episodes until the full set of teeth develops. To avoid this for your baby, you can keep the following preventive tips in mind.
- Use clean napkins and towels to wipe away the drool.
- While cleaning your baby’s face, gently dab it and do not put extra pressure.
- Put a bib on the baby to stop the drool from reaching the other parts of the body.
Seattle Children’s Foundation states that if your child looks very sick, then a doctor should be consulted as soon as possible. If your baby does not stop crying, or when other symptoms like fever or coughing accompany teething, then your child might be in more discomfort.
1. Can drooling cause eczema?
Excessive drooling can cause eczema.
2. Does drool rash hurt?
Yes. Drool rash can be a little uncomfortable for the baby.