Rash Under Chin from Drooling

Updated on May 27, 2011
K.P. asks from Babylon, NY
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My 5 month old baby is drooling a lot lately from teething and putting everything in his mouth, and he now has a terrible rash on his neck under his chin. It's like a bunch of tiny red bumps- I'm assuming it's from all the drool piling up. Has anyone dealt with this? Is it something he should be getting a prescription cream for or can I deal with it at home? I was using powder for a while until it got pretty bad, and now I started using A+D ointment, but it doesn't seem to be helping. Any ideas? Thanks!

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A.D.

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Hi K., I would say before you go to the doctor you could try anything with zinc oxide (Balmex) this will dry the rash and promote healing. If this doesn't work you may need to see the doctor. Grandma Mary

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S.S.

answers from New York on

I used and still use Aquaphor. My daughter is 2 yrs. old and sucks her thumb and will still get a rash on her chin from time to time. After a couple of days it disappears.

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E.D.

answers from New York on

My daughter (also 5 mths) gets this type of rash from drooling too. I have been using triderma MD baby aloe cleansing and soothing gel. It has worked very well. It is clear and odorless. Its also great for chafing. Hope this helps!

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K.J.

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I agree with Amy S. Aquaphor is awesome!

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M.L.

answers from New York on

My son had something very similar, plus excema from his constant spit up. I washed it with a very gentle cleanser (Cetaphil, a soapless facial cleanser I use) and then put a good strong creamy lotion on it.

Good luck!!

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J.L.

answers from Rochester on

When this was happening with my son my doctor told me to use Eucerin moisturizing creme. I know you can get it at Walgreens, and I think it is sold pretty much everywhere. It worked great! Within a day the red bumps were disappearing.

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M.T.

answers from New York on

I don't think A&D is for this kind of irritation but more for an actual rash. What I did with my daughter when she drooled a lot and got the same kind of red bumps on her chin and underneath her chin is wipe it dry (carefully) and put a light covering of Aquaphor (kind of like vaseline but thicker and sold in any drugstore or even the baby aisle of any grocery store) under her chin to protect the skin. therefore when she does drool it doesn't irritate that skin any more. hope this helps!

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S.S.

answers from New York on

I used and still use Aquaphor. My daughter is 2 yrs. old and sucks her thumb and will still get a rash on her chin from time to time. After a couple of days it disappears.

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A.P.

answers from New York on

My almost-6 month-old has the same problem--too many chins and a lot of drool! We use Desitin (original kind with Zinc Oxide in it) when it gets really bad, and it works overnight. After his bath, I just put a very thin layer on before bed (I worry that he might get it on his hands and into his mouth during the day) and the rash looks MUCH better by the morning. I leave it on until he has his bath that night and then use some mild soap (Dove) on my finger to wash the area and remove any left over Desitin. So far it's worked great. Good luck to you!

N.D.

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rub a little vasoline on his chin often to protect his face from the moisture, he is probably teething.

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B.S.

answers from New York on

Hi K.

The rash really should be checked out by your pediatrician. Call your doctor for advice over the phone and see if he/she wants to see your son.

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E.D.

answers from New York on

My daughter (also 5 mths) gets this type of rash from drooling too. I have been using triderma MD baby aloe cleansing and soothing gel. It has worked very well. It is clear and odorless. Its also great for chafing. Hope this helps!

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A.P.

answers from New York on

Our doctor told us to put Aquaphore on my son's face before meals and it worked great - it's thick like vasaline. It's just from the new foods getting all over his face.

D.S.

answers from New York on

I wouldn't use anything to keep it moist I would use plain corn starch to keep it dry. Change his bibs constantly so they are dry and apply the powder each time you do a diaper change. I had a baby at my daycare that had so many rolls under his little chin that he developed such a severe rash it would bleed. Poor little guy was in such pain. He did have to get a medicated cream to clear it up. After the cream cleared it up to prevent it from coming back we just keep it clean and the use corn starch powder. It doesn't sound like your son's is that severe so I would just try powder for now.

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A.S.

answers from Glens Falls on

my daughter had the same issue at that age. I found Aquafor (Eucerin) to be the best thing ever. I use it even now if she gets a little red on her bottom. It is clear and not greasy. I used to rub a little on her chin and the redness/chapped would clear up in less than a day. good luck.

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L.H.

answers from Albany on

My doctor also told us to use aquaphor. I have used that and the lanolin cream I had left over from breastfeeding, it seemed to work. You just have to make sure his skin is dry before you put any creams on it otherwise it traps in the moisture and will make the rash worse.

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M.M.

answers from New York on

Confirm with your Doc that it's a moisture rash and then a $1 box of corn starch it a moms must have!!! It great for the chin and bum if your little one gets a bad diaper rash. Hope this helps!

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M.V.

answers from New York on

My 5 mo old son has the same problem, and my now almost-4-year-old had it too at the same age. It goes away eventually; I keep changing bibs to keep the area dry- it takes about 10-20 min to get one soaked, so I never go out without 5-8 of them in a diaper bag. Cheap terry cotton ones are best. Daily baths and make sure wash the area with VERY gentle soap. If it gets really bad I use Lansinoh diaper cream, but plain Lansinoh will do too.

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T.O.

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Hi, K.:

Our 4-month-old has the same thing: It seems a combination of drool, milk, and the heat--caught in those fat little folds of skin :-)--have caused it.

I tried corn starch and then a gentle calamine-based ointment, but finally asked Dr. who prescribed Nystatin once he looked at it.

Thus, if it's really bad I'd suggest having your Pediatrician take a look.

T.

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C.H.

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Aquaphor is my go to rash helper no matter where the rash is. I use it everyday and it really works!

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N.B.

answers from Jamestown on

We used medicated baby Vaseline...works great for diaper rash too.

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C.V.

answers from Albany on

Hello... My son had the same issues with drooling. I found that you dont want to put A&D on it or anything else that will keep it moist. You actually want to use a powder Unscented to keep it dry. And as often as you can Wipe him chin and neck with a dry washcloth.

M.H.

answers from New York on

Hi K.,

Put corn stratch in a white cotton sock and pat it under the chin softly so it does not powder up all over. Keep doing a few times a day. This should help, my daughter had the same problem. My mother-in-law showed me this one. It works. I do it know for my son who and rashes all over due to eczema and siryacis however you spell that. And with all the expensive medications I purchase this is the only think that has worked. I wish I could have remember this one last year. Anyway try this. Good Luck! ;)

A.D.

answers from New York on

Hi K., I would say before you go to the doctor you could try anything with zinc oxide (Balmex) this will dry the rash and promote healing. If this doesn't work you may need to see the doctor. Grandma Mary

D.B.

answers from New York on

Yeah, it sounds chapped. My baby had that this winter. I used Boudreaux's Baby Kisses.
If it gets really stubborn, your Ped may prescribe a Hydrocortisone Cream (a little stronger than what you can by over the counter)

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C.D.

answers from New York on

Hi K.,

My middle child had very sensitive skin and the same thing happened to him, I used Aquaphore. It worked great, protected his skin from the drool and cleared up the rash. I also used it for diper rash.

C.

M.R.

answers from Rochester on

You've already gotten this, but keep it clean and dry off his chin and apply a petroleum-based ointment (aquaphor or A & D). Use absorbent bibs and change them frequenty (some have vinyl backing to help keep moisture from leaking through to the skin). If it persists or gets worse, see your pediatrician. Yeast infections under the chin are not uncommon.

Avoid or be VERY careful using any kind of powder (I would only use a powder if explicitly told to by the doctor) as babies can easily breathe it in and develop lung problems. Keeping it clean with a protective ointment is probably your best option.

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N.H.

answers from New York on

Hi K.,
I would have to tell you to remember to wash under your baby's chin and neck a couple times a day, after every feeding, and before he goes to sleep - make sure you dry it well. Also, make sure he has alot of tummy time. In this position - with his held up, he will be sure to get alot of air on his neck to keep it dry. And remember to use bibs, this will catch alot of drool and keep it off of him and his clothes.
I wouldn't recommend using lotions, creams, or powders - unless perscribed by your doctor, because when it gets wet again, you will have more build up of more gunk that you have to be sure to clean out frequently.
good luck

T.N.

answers from Milwaukee on

my four month old drools like crazy and gets this rash all over her face from constantly putting her hands all up in her mouth. I just keep washing and washing and washing her face throughout the day and it seems to help a lot also constant bib wearing and changing of course, nobody wants to sit in wet clothes and constant wiping/washing off of the drool especially in the morning and before bed :)

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