Causes of Red Rashes Around Mouth in Children and Its Treatment

The rashes on a child’s mouth normally appear as red patches with bumps scattered around his mouth and chin. They are caused by several factors including drooling, use of pacifiers, prolonged contact with smeared food, and irritation from adult’s clothing or whiskers.

The rashes can also be due to impetigo, a contagious skin infection common among kids, and which causes blisters or sores around the cheeks, mouth, hands, and neck. There are two types of impetigo—the bullous and non-bullous. The bullous impetigo is a large blister caused by Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that releases toxins which causes the formation of clear or cloudy blisters.

On the other hand, the non-bullous impetigo is a crusted form also caused by S. aureus or any of group A streptococcus bacteria. The crusted impetigo starts as small blisters which burst eventually, leaving small, red, and wet patches.

Red Rash around Mouth In Children

Skin rashes may just be ordinary rashes acquired by infants, toddlers, or youngsters as they grow. At times, with the accompanying of other symptoms, the rashes around the mouth may suggest a fundamental disease. The following may prove helpful:

  • If the child develops red sores on his lip or around the lip’s outer edge, he may have acquired a cold sore, which is caused by a Herpes virus.
  • If the sores around the child’s mouth are painful, whitish or yellowish, and with red borders on the cheeks, lips, and gums, the rashes may be due to canker sores, which are triggered by viral infections.
  • If the child develops painful blisters around the mouth and tongue, a sore throat, and rashes on the palms and feet, these can signify a hand-foot-and-mouth disease or herpangina, a viral infection caused by the coxsackie virus.

Causes and Treatment for Rash around Mouth In Children

If the patient is an infant and the rashes around his mouth are not accompanied by fever, sore throat, or blisters inside his mouth, the cause can be due to drooling or irritation of the skin triggered by an irritant such as whiskers, clothing, or food. The common treatment for this type of rash is to keep the mouth dry with a clean cloth. A teething infant will drool excessively as a natural reaction to the formation of his first set of teeth. During eating, the child may smear his food; and when this happens, the mouth should be wiped clean immediately to avoid skin irritation. In addition, because the child’s skin is more sensitive than the adults, it is best to avoid kissing the child on the mouth or cheek.

If the rashes are accompanied by other symptoms or caused by some factors other than the ones mentioned above, a prescribed topical cream may help reduce the rashes. However, if the rashes are caused by viruses or bacteria, a medical treatment should be sought.