Teething rashes are a very common problem and result from the teething process. Teething occurs during the first several years of life and allow a child to have a full set of teeth grow into their mouth. Infants do not need teeth while they are being breast fed but as the child gets older the teeth required for cutting a chewing food into smaller pieces for proper digestion.
It is very typical for a child to have a slight baby teething rash on their chins and portion of their face when teething. The rash is a reddish area can even have little bumps. Sometimes the area can appear flaky, similar to dry skin. Other times the rash from teething can look like little scrapes or even form a scab on the face. The baby teething rash is a normal reaction to the saliva that is produced in this process.
When a child is teething, they tend to produce excess saliva. The children perform additional chewing motions, which stimulate the salivary glands to create the over active fluid production. More saliva is also produced because the children tend to leave their mouths open for longer periods of time since they are experiencing some discomfort.
All of the additional saliva can come out of the mouth and then create the irritating rash. This drooling response is completely natural and there is little that can be done about the production of the saliva. The compounds that are in the drool are irritating and cause the skin reaction that you see on the face. Because the teething rash is a product of the drool, that is why the chin tends to be the most affected area of the body. The saliva drips out and affects the chin first. The sides of the face can also be affected, especially if the child sleeps on one side of the face and the drool affects one cheek more than the other.
The rash can be easily managed. The best thing to do is to help with the teething process. If the child is using a teething aid and sucks on it, the saliva can be swallowed and not come out on to the face. Another common and easy method is to be sure that the drool is cleaned up off the face quickly, so the skin does not have time to form a rash. A soft cloth should be used to wipe the drool from the child’s face to prevent it from forming a rash. A small amount of moisturizer can be applied to the area so it does not get irritated from the wiping. The lotion will also provide a little bit of a barrier to the drool and prevent the skin from becoming very irritated. With these interventions, the affect of teething rashes can be minimized and the child can go through the teething process with minimal problems.