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A Parents Guide To A Teething Rash

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Published on 01/11/2021

Most babies begin teething from 6 months, and lots of them will get a teething rash where their cheeks and chin go red.  Here is what to look out for and what is completely harmless!


When little babies start teething, they develop a rash owing to all of the excess drool that their mouth is producing.  While this in itself can be irritating for babies and cause them to grizzle, this is nothing to be particularly worried about.  At this age, babies are far more susceptible to a wide range of illnesses and infections.  If your baby has a raised temperature, then it is particularly important to go and have it checked out.


What is a teething rash?

A teething rash is an accumulation of saliva or dribble which causes irritation if it is not quickly mopped up. When babies are teething, their mouths produce more saliva owing to its numbing qualities. Areas that it usually affects include:

  • mouth area
  • chin
  • cheeks
  • neck
  • chest

What does teething rash look like?

The NHS says that little babies get rashes from as early as two days old, so knowing what is a teething rash and what isn’t is important.

A teething rash often makes the skin look;

  • blotchy red or discoloured.  
  • bumpy and raised 
  • chapped and dry  

How is this different to other rashes babies get?

Lots of little babies get rashes.  Ones to look similar but aren’t include;

  • Eczema can occur anywhere on your baby’s body, and looks dry, cracked and red.
  • Erythema toxicum comes in the form of blotchy red skin. It only appears in newborns andsppears in first few days or weeks after birth.
  • Hand, foot and mouth disease is a virus marked by a blistery rash around the mouth, hands and feet.  It often comes with mouth sores and mild fever and lasts up to a week.
  • Hives are typically a result of a food allergy, and show up as bright red, itchy bumps that can occur anywhere on the body.

A teething rash unlike these four rashes only occurs on the face, upper chest and neck area, and will go hand in hand with other teething symptoms.  If you are concerned about the rash then do call your paediatrician or go and see your local GP.


Does a teething rash have a smell?

Yes!  A teething rash can often have a smell of cheese owing to food or milk that is combined in the saliva.


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How do I treat a teething rash?

Treatment for teething rash focuses on keeping the baby’s skin clean and dry. In many cases, parents and caregivers can do this at home by:

  • gently wiping saliva from the skin with damp cotton wool or a damp cloth whenever it accumulates
  • patting dry with a clean towel
  • applying a barrier cream or jelly, such as Eucerin or Vaseline, to protect the irritated skin

It is also advisable to promptly change any bedding or clothes that are wet.

How do I prevent a teething rash?

Preventing a teething rash involves many of the same steps. Parents and caregivers can reduce the amount of saliva accumulating on the baby’s skin by:

  • using fresh, clean bibs to catch drool
  • limiting dummy use, as these can allow more saliva to pool on the skin
  • give the baby a cool teething ring or cold washcloth to chew on to soothe their gums

Do not over-rub the baby’s skin, as this can add to the irritation.

As your baby’s skin is tender and sensitive, it is normal to be worried about using topical treatments such as moisturiser.  Vaseline or petroleum jelly can often help provide the moisture that the babies skin is laking which will help to soothe your little one.


What are your go-to methods to help babies who are suffering from a teething rash?  Let us know in the comment section.

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