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Are you a new parent dealing with a teething baby and a red, irritated rash around their mouth? Don't worry, you're not alone! Teething rash is a common occurrence that many parents face during their baby's teething process, along with other teething symptoms including dribbling more.
In this super simple guide, we’ll discuss what causes teething rash, how to prevent it, and some easy ways to treat it so that you and your baby can get back to your happy, healthy selves.
Teething rash is also known as drool rash and is caused by excess saliva that develops when a baby is teething and irritates their skin. It can sometimes be uncomfortable for babies, but thankfully there are ways parents can help soothe their babies.
Knowing the key symptoms of teething rash can help you identify the problem early on and take the necessary steps to prevent it from getting worse.
The main symptoms of teething rash include…
Teething rash won’t appear on a baby’s legs, arms or body, and you should always see your GP if your baby develops a rash on their body.
If your baby’s symptoms don’t start to improve within a day or two or you notice any other symptoms apart from the rash (such as sores that ooze, blister, or crust) – it’s worth speaking to your GP.
You should always seek urgent medical advice if your teething baby has a fever over 38°C as this can be a sign of other conditions such as croup, a respiratory or urinary tract infection, meningitis, herpes, constipation, or gastroenteritis.
Teething rash is usually caused by the excessive drooling and rubbing of a baby’s delicate skin against their clothes. Food, milk, and touching can also irritate teething rash.
Teething begins at different times for each baby, but most commonly starts at around four to six months of age. Typically, excess drooling coincides with when a baby’s first tooth starts to appear or ‘cut’, and so a teething rash may appear at any time in the months when teething starts.
Rashes are common in babies, and like teething rash, some are harmless, but some can be more serious.
Teething or drool rash and eczema are both forms of dermatitis, a condition where the skin becomes dry and irritated.
The difference between atopic dermatitis (eczema) and contact dermatitis (such as drool rash) is that eczema is usually a chronic condition that needs to be managed over the long term, while contact dermatitis clears up if you remove the source of the irritation – your baby's saliva.
Hand, foot and mouth disease is common childhood illness. It's a virus that presents as a blistery rash on and around a baby’s mouth, hands, and feet. It can also cause mouth sores or a mild fever.
No, teething should not cause a rash on a baby's arms, legs or back. Any full-body irritations should be looked at by your GP.
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