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why does my baby have a rash around her mouth

There are ways to make your baby more comfortable with drool rash. Twice daily, gently wash the afflicted areas with warm water, then pat dry. Donвt rub, which can be irritating to already sensitive skin. Be sure your babyвs skin is completely dry. Apply a thin coat of a healing ointment like or, which will act as a barrier between your babyвs skin and the drool. These ointments can be soothing to your babyвs irritated skin. At bath time, be sure to use a. Use a gentle, unscented lotion on your babyвs dry skin if necessary, but avoid using lotion on drool rashes.

Skin should be kept dry and treated with a healing ointment. You may consider nonprescription-strength, but ask your doctor how often and for how long to use it. While your baby has a drool rash, itвs a good idea to reduce potential irritants in the immediate environment. Avoid making your babyвs rash worse by switching to a
for your babyвs clothing, sheets, bibs, and burp cloths. Consider washing your clothing in the same detergent. Avoid perfumes and scented lotions as well.

They can also be aggravating to your babyвs rash. If you suspect that is triggering your babyвs excessive drooling, offer something cold (but not frozen) for your baby to gum. Try a or a cold washcloth. The coolness will have a mild numbing effect on your babyвs sore gums and any rash around their mouth. Be sure to gently pat dry your babyвs mouth afterward. My 7. 5 month old has exactly the same problem. Long before it started around his mouth, though, he used to get a patch on his cheek - always in the same spot.

The doctor said it was eczema and it certainly responds to treatment by hydrocortisone cream (one treatment of Elocon is usually enough to keep it at bay, but apparently it is quite strong so I don t like to use it near his mouth. As an alternative, the doctor and pharmacist recommended a weaker product called Dermaid, which you need to use a few times before it takes effect). Having said that, I don t really like using hydrocortisone at all because it can thin the skin so yesterday I bought some Zinc and Castor Oil cream (also recommended by my doctor) from the chemist, and it has really helped around Sam s mouth.

It s worth trying because it s much gentler. By the way, I haven t been able to pinpoint a reaction to any foods, except possibly mango and strawberries. When they re teething and chewing on everything and dribbling a lot, though, it s really hard to tell if it s a reaction to that. Good luck. This message was edited by Grubster on Wednesday, 27 July 2005 @ 9:06 AM

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