Mom’s Question: Why Does My Baby Have A Teething Rash On Body And Face?
Our body is considered as one of the most complex things in the history of human sciences. In every stage of our life our body undergoes with a whole different range of psychological, pathological and structural change without making us aware of it.
It is usually an involuntary process and most probably it has come to our knowledge in this century after the medical sciences have progressed by leaps and bounds.
We can say that or body is a higher form of matter and as Newton’s third law states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, same is the case with our body which means that no matter how many types of psychological and physical changes may occur in our body there will surely be a reaction about every change in our body.
At the early stages of development the whole body of a new born baby undergoes a wide range of changing in it and most likely to have the symptoms of these reactions appear right after it has made a certain change in the human body.
Growing new set of teeth is the first and the foremost task in the development of the baby’s body.
Teething is that exciting time when those little set of teeth erupts with extra drools and wailing cries.
It becomes the time of worry to the newly became parents as they cannot understand what is happening to their baby but there is no need to worry about that now because we are here for the rescue.
As discussed earlier that every change which occur in our body has some kind of reaction in the body which may be long term or short term depending upon the vitality and functioning of the change that has been occurred in the body.
So when a baby starts teething or in other words his teeth starts to come out gradually with time a whole set of different phenomena’s take place like developing a rash on the whole body for a certain period of time which usually irritates the baby and he becomes a more difficult to handle in these times because of the irritation through the rash.
What I mean is:
This milestone is not as easy as say, learning how to crawl or roll. Teething is always accompanied with gum discomfort, fussiness, diarrhea and even skin rashes.
What Is A Teething And How Does Teething Rash Form?
Most of the parents don’t even know that a process like teething can really cause a rash on the skin of the baby and usually they consider that it is some kind of disease.
Teething happens as early as during baby’s second month and as late as during his first birthday.
The teething rash is also called “drool rash” because it appears around the time when your baby drools like a faucet.
Wet saliva can lead to the development of bacteria on the skin in a rapid rate and can cause temporary skin irritations like rashes as they are considered certain to developed by a baby because the skin of the baby is really delicate and reacts to every kind of contamination which interacts with it.
Particularly this kind of rashes are most likely to be developed in the areas of the body like chest and face because a large amount of saliva is accumulated in the fabrics of the clothes which the baby wear which becomes the main reason of the development of the rash on the chest and face during the faster stages of the process of teething.
But did you know?
Teething rash doesn’t just appear out of nowhere. It usually coincides with the following signs:
• Drooling – Wet skin invites germs. Drooling is due to gag reflex that intensifies during your child’s teething period. The saliva that constantly covers your baby’s face, neck and chest make the skin sensitive and susceptible to irritation and can effectively result in the development of rash on the skin of mouth and chest.
• Crying – Crying is an in-born feature of every human from cradle to grave, obviously the reasons change but crying remains the same. When your baby is fussy and cries night and day, the skin becomes reddish, and some small red bumps can also appear which can put you in a great worry.
This discomfort makes your child move about more, scratching and irritating his tender skin in the process.
• Biting – Teething is the time when you must give your baby a safe object to chew on, or else he’ll bite just about anything within reach (even you!).
This behavior is caused by the discomfort owing to the pressure the new tooth exerts as it makes its way out.
As for your knowledge during the teething process this biting reflex becomes mandatory form our brain as through biting things the baby reduces the stiffness in the skin of the gums, providing an easy passage for the teeth to come out as fast as they can.
• Feeding problem – You will observe that your baby is not as eager to eat during this time. This is because he is feeling in pain.
He is also preoccupied with biting and alleviating his gum discomfort and because of this preoccupied actions the brain of the baby forgets to trigger the alarm to fulfill the nutritional needs of the body.
• Rubbing his cheeks and ears – You might observe that your child always caresses his cheeks, jaw, and ears. This is because he perceives pain and this pain radiates to these areas along the face. Rashes can also appear on the face if the baby continuously scratches and irritates the skin around these regions.
When the baby scratches more in these areas the probability of the fast spread of saliva increases which result in the fast accumulation of germs in the region of face like the areas under the chin and ears.
Most probably it can also be generated of the cheeks of the baby.
5 Remedies For Teething Rash On Your Baby’s Body And Face
Teething rash on the body and face is usually temporary; it will go away on its own once your child is done teething. But there are times when this skin splotches spread further and cause discomfort and pain to your little one.
How can you manage teething rashes at home?
1. Keep Everything Dry
You’ve got to keep your baby’s face and body dry as much as you can. Don’t just wipe the area but try to wash it with warm water.
If this is not possible since your baby drools round-the-clock, just be sure to wipe it as frequently as you can.
If it is a problem to carry a wipe with you then you can just pin an easy to reach wipe on the shirt of the baby so that wherever the baby goes and no matter who is holding him, the drooling and the cleaning problem can easily be solved
Wipe by tapping gently, not by rubbing the skin as it can harm the delicate skin of the new born baby and damage the cells underneath it.
Put on a cotton bib on baby’s neck. This will help to catch drools, keeping his neck and check rash free and the baby remains happy and healthy throughout the day.
Change your baby’s clothes as soon as it is wet from his drools. Skin folds around the neck and armpits can also retain saliva, increasing the risk for persistent rashes on these areas.
Do not put on baby powder on baby; it can further irritate your baby’s nose and skin. Just put on a cotton cloth around the neck area to catch all those drools.
For teething or drooling rash that appears around the nappy area, you may use diaper rash creams. Tight undergarments and skin-hugging diapers can also add pressure to baby’s fragile skin.
Set an hour during daytime when your child won’t wear any diapers, just to allow his skin to breathe.
2. Give your child cool snacks
Frozen fruits, frozen yogurt, popsicles, and gelatin are all nutritious and can alleviate your child’s gum discomfort.
Cold snacks numb the painful gums, letting baby calm down. It will also give your baby some vitamins and keep him feeling full and less fussy.
3. Rub your baby’s gums
If your baby is in pain, he will produce more drools. More drools and more fuss equal to more rashes.
Now that's a problem. So how do you solve it?
You may help your baby by rubbing his gums with your pinky finger. Take note to trim down your nails first and remove your nail polish before you try this.
You may also buy teethers from a trusted brand. Don’t just settle for any soft rubber or plastic teether out there, better buy something sturdy and safe so that the surface won’t chip off and get into your baby’s body.
Too much saliva and incessant wiping can leave your baby’s skin too dry. Some mothers and even doctors advise using petroleum jelly for baby’s rash. I would personally not recommend using a Vaseline jelly as this product has chemicals that can further irritate baby’s skin.
The trick is to...
Use a baby moisturizer or cream to keep his skin hydrated. Hypo-allergenic creams or organic oil can also protect baby’s skin against harsh soaps during bath time.
5. Ask your doctor
If your baby’s rash looks like eczema or persists for more than a week, better see your doctor. Rashes coupled with fever is also alarming, so act without haste.
No harm is being done if you opt to consult frequently with your child’s doctor. He/she might also prescribe ointments or creams to prevent your baby’s rashes from getting worse.
Teething is an exciting time for parents. However, for babies, teething is a painful, stressful and irritating experience. Your baby will lose some precious sleep over something as small and as vital as his first teeth.
Here's the scary part:
Teething is a challenging milestone because there are lots of symptoms that appear aside from rashes. It can trigger cold-like symptoms, diarrhea, and fever.
But there's a solution.
Handle your baby’s teething process with care. Dedicate your time to wiping your baby’s face and body dry.
You may also try training your baby to sleep independently; both mom and baby need all the rest they can get during this teething time.
Author Bio: My name is Kristi and I’m a mother of 3 beautiful angels, founder of Intelligentmother.com. This blog was created in order to share my personal experiences in baby care and general health care for pregnant women. You will surely find many interesting insights and problems solved on this blog.