Natural Ways To Treat Drool Rash In Your Baby
Created by Akshita Iyer Updated on Feb 17, 2019
One amongst the many problems that’ll scare you if you are a new mom is a drool rash. It may seem like a difficult thing to get rid of but trust me it’s not. It can be easily treated at home but before we talk about the remedies to get rid of a drool rash let’s talk about what it is and how it is caused.
What Is A Drool Rash?
It is a reddish, chapped spot that you may see around your baby’s mouth and cheeks which sometimes may extend to the fold of your baby’s neck and even to the chest. It is perfectly normal and may increase a bit during teething.
Causes Of A Drool Rash -
When your baby drools, the saliva is always present on your baby’s cheeks which keeps the area moist, now when this comes in contact with pillow, bed sheets or any other things it forms a drool rash because of the friction and the sensitivity of your baby’s skin. Drool rash shouldn’t be left unattended as it may lead to a bacterial infection if not properly treated.
How To Prevent Drool Rashes?
To prevent a drool rash in your baby, keep the following points in mind:
- Never scrub a wet area on your baby’s body. Always try to pat it dry. Scrubbing can lead to a drool rash very easily
- Do not leave the drool uncleansed. Make sure you pat it dry using a muslin cloth every time you see your baby drool
- Use petroleum jelly as a barrier cream to prevent the drool from directly touching the baby’s skin, especially while he is napping
- Use an absorbent bib that’ll avoid the drool to reach to your baby’s chest
- Place an absorbent cloth on his sleeping surface at night so that the baby does not keep rubbing his face in the drool
Home Remedies To Treat Drool Rash
Natural aloe vera gel can help in the healing process as it’ll cool down the affected area but remember to use it only after consulting with your doctor. Coconut oil can also be used so that it reduces friction if a drool rash comes in contact with a pillow or anything else. Avoid chemicals no matter what. Make sure that everything that comes in contact with your baby’s affected area should be washed and sanitised with non-scented detergents. Remember, the lesser the chemicals, the better it is for your baby. Pat dry always, after showering or feeding or anything else, make sure you pat dry your baby’s skin whenever you see it moist. Avoiding moisture would help a lot to keep away the drool rash. Barrier creams can also be used to avoid the direct contact of saliva and your baby’s skin. Vaseline is one of them but you can also consult your doctor if you want to try other effective creams available in the market.
Drool rashes aren’t something to be very worried about. It happens to most of the kids and hence there is no need to panic as drooling would stop eventually and so would the drool rashes.
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