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What Are the Treatments for Baby Teething Rashes?

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Candice Hughes has been writing for more than 6 years. She is currently a contributor to a website about raw food, fitness and diet. Her areas of expertise are women’s health and nutrition. Hughes received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in psychology from Indiana University in 2010.
What Are the Treatments for Baby Teething Rashes?
A teething baby may develop a rash on her mouth, lips, chin, neck or chest. Photo Credit Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images

When your baby begins cutting teeth, you may notice symptoms ranging from a cough and diarrhea to excessive drool and a rash around her mouth. Most symptoms of teething, including a facial rash, are only temporary and will go away when the teeth break through the gums, but if you are worried about your child, contact your pediatrician.


According to pediatrician William Sears, it is common for babies to get a facial rash when teething. Generally, you will notice a red, raised rash that appears around his mouth and on his chin, lips, neck or chest. The rash is caused by excess saliva stimulated by the teething process. The saliva dries and chaps the skin, which causes irritation.

Warm Water

To prevent a rash from occurring, try to wipe saliva off your child's face throughout the day while he plays. If the rash has already developed, however, begin by using warm water to gently wash and wipe away the saliva. Pat the area dry with a soft cloth. Be careful not to scrub or push hard when cleansing the area to avoid irritating your baby's skin even more.

Lanolin Creams

Dr. Sears recommends using a lanolin ointment on the irritated area to prevent the rash from getting worse. Lanolin is a cream ointment made from the wax in sheep's wool and is often used to moisturize and heal dried skin. The cream acts as a lubricant for dry, irritated skin and can form a barrier between your baby's drool and her chin. Put the ointment on after washing and drying her face and before she goes to sleep for the night.

Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly is a different option that can moisturize and heal dry skin, according to the Baby Center website. Put the jelly on at bedtime and naptime, after washing and drying your baby's face, to prevent the rash from getting worse. Generally, petroleum jelly is considered safe, but there is a very slight risk that inhaling petroleum jelly for a prolonged period may cause lung problems, such as inflammation, according to MayoClinic.com. Talk to your pediatrician about using petroleum jelly for your child's facial rash.

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