Mom’s Question: Why Does My Baby Have A Teething Rash On His Body And Face?
Teething is that exciting time when those little set of teeth erupts with extra drools and wailing cries. 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?
Teething happens as early as during baby’s second month and as late as during his first birthday. The teething rash is also called as “drool rash” because it appears around the time when your baby drools like a faucet. Wet saliva can lead to rashes, particularly on the chest and face. 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.
• Crying – When your baby is fussy and cries night and day; the skin becomes reddish, and some small red bumps can also appear. 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 discomfort owing to the pressure the new tooth exerts as it makes its way out.
• 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.
• Rubbing his cheeks and ears – You might observe that your child always caress 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.
5 Remedies For Teething Rash On Your Baby’s Body And Face
Teething rash on 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 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. Wipe by tapping gently, not by rubbing the skin.
Put on a cotton bib on baby’s neck. This will help to catch drools, keeping his neck and check rash free.
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. Put on a cotton cloth around the neck area to catch up all that 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 equals to more rashes. 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 enter 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.
You may 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. 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.
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. Handle with care your baby’s teething process. 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.