March 06, 2014
Teething rash is a condition that involves the emergence of skin inflammation around the cheeks, chin, neck, mouth or chest of the infant. This usually takes place within three or four days before or after the baby’s teeth erupt.
The main cause of this condition is described as excessive drooling while the baby’s body releases surplus saliva to cool down sore, inflamed gums. This excess saliva finds its way out of the mouth, moving down to the baby’s cheeks, chin, neck and other body parts. The baby’s skin in these parts of the body remains in constant contact with moisture resulting to the accumulation of fungal and bacterial infections. The skin become inflamed with sore blisters that usually disappear after the baby’s tooth erupt from the gums. Most babies go through this crucial stage of teeth development without showing any serious deterioration of their body health.
Treatment and Care
Most pediatricians recommend the use of soft pieces of cloth to pat away drool. This will make the child’s face dry and therefore avoid inhabiting fungal and bacterial infections that thrive in moist skin surfaces. You can also treat this condition with a mild cream as recommended by your pediatrician. It is also important that you constantly change the baby’s clothes. Excessive drooling might reach the clothes and therefore increase the chances of rashes spreading up to the neck, chest and other lower parts of the body such as the thighs and legs. You are also recommended to provide your baby with special teething rings that will prevent excessive saliva from moving down to the cheeks and neck body parts.
You have to see your pediatrician in case of persisting symptoms. Chances are that the rashes might be caused by other common child conditions such as eczema. Keep your baby’s oral system clean by ensuring that the teeth gums are wiped by using special washcloths provided for this purpose.
You should also realize that teething is a natural process and should be treated as such, avoid using unconfirmed ways of speeding up the teething process. The first baby tooth comes at any moment between three to fifteen months, giving way to several other teeth to erupt before the teething process ends. You should always be patient as you watch your baby’s teeth erupt to perfection. Teething rash problems are classified as mild baby conditions and should not cause any serious concerns.