How to treat drooling rash?

Babies drool. It’s a fact of life. Pediatrician Tanya Altmann explains how more often than not, you will find saliva dripping out of your baby’s mouth.
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How to treat drooling rash?

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- Babies drool. Most babies continuously have saliva dripping out of their mouth, because they don't yet know how to control it, and that's okay, but, sometimes, the persistent wetness on the chin, on the cheeks, and on the neck can cause what's called a drooling rash, and it's simply skin irritation due to the persistent wetness. So, what can you do to treat it or even prevent it from occurring? Well, I recommend a thin layer of Aquaphor or petroleum jelly on the areas that tend to get dry. If they're really red and chapped, you can use that several times a day for a few days in a row. And, rarely, if the rash is persisting and not getting better, you may need to show your pediatrician, because, once in a while, there will be a secondary infection with a yeast, or sometimes even such severe irritation that a low-dose steroid cream is needed. But, in general, a little bit of Aquaphor, petroleum jelly, wipe up that drool when you see it, and your baby will be fine.


Babies drool. It’s a fact of life. Pediatrician Tanya Altmann explains how more often than not, you will find saliva dripping out of your baby’s mouth.

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Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP

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A leading medical authority for the popular press and entertainment industry, Dr. Tanya Altmann is a best-selling author, parenting expert and media spokesperson. A working mother and UCLA-trained pediatrician who practices in Southern California, Dr. Tanya is a designated spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, communicating complicated medical issues into easily understood concepts.  She is a child health expert for numerous news programs and talk shows including Today (NBC), and KTLA (CW Los Angeles). She stays on the cutting edge through her position as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, as the Chief Medical Advisor for the Newborn Channel and her private practice.

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