Toddler Teething Drool Rash on Chin -- Very Red

Updated on May 12, 2010
J.R. asks from Washington, DC
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My 18 month old is teething for over a month now and has developed an angry red quarter sized drool rash on his chin. I have tried keeping it as dry as possible, putting some calendula on it, sun bloc...Any other tips to help it heal better and keep the redness in check.

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Hi All. You came up with great ideas to help my son's drooling rash. We do have an appt with a pediatric dermatologist, but in 2 weeks!!!! So...As I have tried Aquaphor and Vaseline, and it does not work for him and only made the rash pimply, has anyone tried using Densitin or Weleda Diaper cream on the face??? Do they make the toddler's sensitive skin more sensitive to the sun??? My son is blessed with goregeous but extremely delicate skin...So any ideas are appreciated. :)

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answers from Pittsburgh on

When under my son's nose is red and raw from extreme nose running/nose blowing, I sneak into his room at night and coat his upper lip with Aquaphor. It's usually better by the morning. Try this with his chin. Good luck!

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answers from Nashville on

I used vaseline. I use this for the runny nose-winter face too. Dry it off and spread a thin layer on it, this forms a barrier and keeps the drool from moistening the skin. My son's would usually get better within a day and be mostly gone within two, and as long as you keep applying it while he is drooling, it will help a lot.

Oh yeah, if you use a tiny bit of a good soothing lotion before the vaseline, that will help heal the skin. Use something for sensitive or dry skin, not Johnsons Baby with a lot of perfumes.

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answers from San Diego on

Ditto check for infection (fungal, etc.)... but it's probably normal chapping. Lick your lips every 10 minutes for a day, and you'll get it, too.

Vaseline. (or chapstick, etc.) will protect & sooth it until it heals, and then keep it from happening again.

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answers from Tampa on

A light layer of petroleum jelly worked for my daughter.

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answers from Honolulu on

Make sure it is not some kind of fungus... like ringworm or something. The reason I say that is you described the "rash" as being a "quarter sized" rash... and fungus on skin, is sometimes round in shape.
And Ringworm spores for example, feed on moisture.
Other things that can cause a "round" shaped skin irritation/rash is:
eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, scabies, shingles or even granuloma annulare.

I would, take him to the Doctor, to diagnose exactly what it is. Then you can treat it accordingly.

all the best,

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answers from Sarasota on

aquaphor or vaseline

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answers from Los Angeles on

Put aquaphor on it at least several times a day (whenver you think its worn off due to him wiping it off or whatnot). If its just a rash from the drool, it'll look better within 24 hrs and continually get better. If it's still there a couple of days from now and looks just as bad, its probably something else so get it checked out by a dr.

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answers from St. Louis on

2 of my kids went through the same thing. I kept a bib on them when ever they weren't sleeping. I also found that chapstick helped. This sounds wierd, but I would apply it on their chin with my finger. Chapstick helps and heals more than just chapped lips!!

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answers from Sarasota on

I would get it checked out. My daughter actually had exzcema that flared up from her teething drool. We were able to control it with a prescription moisturizer (NOT steriods!!!!) and not using soap, etc, but I'm glad we got it diagnosed.

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answers from Lakeland on

My youngest son developed this and the dr's gave me bacitracine (not sure how you spell it). It worked!!!

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answers from Fort Wayne on

My son used to get that, I just kept vaseline on it

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