The term "dribble rash" is commonly used to describe a rash and/or soreness that babies get around the neck and chin area, typically, this is caused by dribble getting onto the babies chin and neck. Baby dribble contains digestive enzymes which irritate the skin and cause the rash. Dribble makes the baby's clothes wet and leads to rubbing and chafing against their skin. You can avoid this by using our dribble bibs which prevent the clothes and chin becoming wet in the first place.
Why do babies dribble?
Unfortunately dribbling is all part of the fun of bringing up children. Most baby's will dribble and drool at some point in their first few years. In itself, dribbling is perfectly normal and nothing to be worries about. Dribbling will normally get worse when babies are teething as they will naturally produce more saliva during this time. Teething is a stop/start process that can start from around 3 to 12 months of age and can continue for several years.
What to do if your baby already has dribble rash?
If your baby already has dribble rash there are several creams and balms that can be used to provide a barrier between your babies skin and their dribble. The barrier creams prevent the dribble from making direct contact with the skin which prevents the irritation which causes the rash. There are several commercial products available and a quick internet search will reveal the main ones which include Sudocream, Vaseline, E45, and Lansinoh all of which should be available from your local pharmacist. If your babies dribble rash is very bad, your doctor can prescribe steroid creams which will help to clear up the rash. You should be sure not to mistake your babies dribble rash with eczema as some creams mentioned above may make eczema worse. If your babies dribble rash is severe or you suspect eczema, you should speak to your doctor.
Practical tips to avoiding dribble rash
- Carry a good supply of muslin clothes with you at all times. Use these to keep your baby's chin as dry as possible.
- Make sure that as soon as your baby's clothes become wet from dribble, they are changed.
- Give our dribble bib a go to soak up the dribble which will prevent it getting to the chin and neck.