Drooling can be the first sign of teething and can present as early as 2 to 3 months old. Even though babies may not be popping out their teeth until 6 to 9 months old, they sure can drool! And, if your baby has reflux, your baby may drool even more. Unfortunately, the constant saliva dripping down your baby’s chin to neck can irritate your baby’s delicate skin and ultimately result in a case of drool rash. Check out these tips on how to spot and prevent drool rash.
Spotting Drool Rash
Spotting drool rash is rather easy since there is usually a sheen of drool overlaying an ill-defined bumpy red rash around baby’s chin, cheeks, and neck. You may start seeing drool rash as early as 2 to 3 months old.
Preventing Drool Rash
You can prevent drool rash by keeping the drool off your baby. During the day, keep a burp cloth handy to wipe the drool or have your baby wear a cloth bib to make it even easier to wipe away the drool. Now you know the real purpose of cloth bibs! The saliva in the drool is the irritant to baby’s delicate skin. Coat your baby’s skin with a protective ointment like Baby Pibu’s Hydrating Ointment several times a day. Simply providing this extra layer of protection with an ointment may be all you need to prevent a case of drool rash. When your baby takes a long nap or goes to bed at night, make sure you have a good coat of ointment during those times. Remember, at night, your baby’s cheeks will be in constant contact with a drool soaked crib sheet.
Treating Drool Rash
If the inflamed drool rash persists despite repeated applications of a protective ointment, you may need to apply over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone 2 to 3 times a day for 2 days to settle down the irritation and inflammation caused by the drool. As you use this medication, still continue applying a protective ointment like Baby Pibu’s Hydrating Ointment. If the drool rash does not get better despite this at home treatment, take your baby to the pediatrician or dermatologist.
Hear is the good news! Most babies stop the heavy drooling by 1 year old. Just hang in there and remember teething and drooling does not last forever. It is normal and most babies grow out of it rather quickly!