January 19, 2010,
J.K. asks from Mansfield, OH on January 03, 2010
Best Lip Balm (Chapstick) U Would Recommend for 6 Year Old W/ Sever Chapped Lips
Every winter my daughter gets severe chapped lips. She is 6 years old and uses the lip balms that are usually flavored in kids friendly flavors,etc. She is pretty good about using the chapstick every morning before leaving for school, she has some at school as well as in her backpack and also she uses it before bed each night. But still her lips will crack and bleed (especially overnight). Is there another really good kind of lip balm or something else I should be doing for her? I also get chapped lips but not nearly as bad as she and my grandmother (who is a worrier anyway) hates that I let her use lip balm because she saw a special report or something about how you can become addicted to the stuff. Not sure if that is really true or if it is a harmful thing anyway. But is there something that would be good for her severe dry chapped, cracking bleeding little lips? She doesn't like blistex (like the medicated kind) and doesn't like the minty or menthol kinds either.(Can't say I blame her for that)
Anyone else go through this with their kids? Any helpful suggestions would be great. Thanks moms!
T.P. answers from Cleveland on January 06, 2010
J.H. answers from Muncie on January 04, 2010
Try the Satin Lips set from Mary Kay. It is safe for any age. The problem with putting a balm like Chapsick on chapped lips is that you are just coating dry, dead skin with wax. Her lips need to be exfoliated and then have a balm applied to them. Her lips will be soft and smooth in no time. You can have her exfoliate them once or twice a week as needed. She can apply the balm multiple times a day if she chooses. I am a Mary Kay Consultant and offer free shipping. The cost for the set with tax is $19.26. Please contact me if I can help you. You will want to try it, too! It's an awesome product! Good luck!
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K.Z. answers from Cleveland on January 04, 2010
crisco or olive oil. She may not like the taste, but that might be a good thing--she won't lick her lips as often!lol
A.C. answers from Cincinnati on January 04, 2010
Make sure you use something natural! Children lick their lips a lot, which means she'll ingest whatever you put on there. That's why I would stay away from heavy chemicals in some of the big name brands (stay away from companies like Carmex - it may work well, but is considered a "high hazard" by the EWG). Check out the Environmental Working Group for more options, www.cosmeticsdatabase.com (click on skincare, lip balm, which will take you to the various hazard ratings of different lip balms). I personally like Burt's Bees, but if her lips are so chapped that they're bleeding every night, you might also take her to a dermatologist who might be able to prescribe something.
There has been some research done that has found that people who use chapstick regularly actually need it more than people who don't use it (perhaps this is what Grandma heard about?), but I think it's too late to worry about that. Instead, focus on what is in the lip balm you are giving your daughter, especially since she is using it so regularly. Ingredients in many U.S. lip balms (such as Carmex) have actually been banned due to toxicity in Europe and Japan. Good luck.
T.P. answers from Cleveland on January 06, 2010
R.S. answers from Terre Haute on January 04, 2010
Avon has a wonderful variety of lip balms. My favorite is the intensive (blue) one. They run around 99 cents and sometimes are on sale for only 69 cents each.
L.M. answers from Terre Haute on January 04, 2010
Aquaphor works great. I rub it on my kids lips and around their mouth before they go to school, and before bed when they tend to have chapped lips and it works great, and they will not lick it off My kids all have tendencies toward having the ring around their mouth of red skin where they lick around their mouth til it is raw so this really helps with that pretty quickly too.
E.S. answers from Dayton on January 04, 2010
I 2nd Burt's Bees. Mine were killing me last night, put some on before bed and they feel almost SOFT this morning!
Tastes like peppermint.GL!
M.N. answers from Bloomington on January 03, 2010
My daughter actually has this same issue and HATES the typical lip balms because they burn. My pediatrician told me to try Eucerine Cream. The cream rather than the lotion as it is thicker. We use the Eucerine Cream in the mornings at night and like you I have made up a small thing for her to take to school. It is the only thing that I can find to keep the chapping under control and gone. The cream goes on nice and thick (even when rubbed in) and most importantly does NOT burn. It does not have any perfumes or any of those types of ingredients in it.
You can find it basically anywhere in the same area where the other lotions are sold. It is in a tub rather than a tube. Good luck and I can definitely sympathize as we deal with the same thing.
T.D. answers from Canton on January 04, 2010
Pure lanolin. You can get lansinoh and use that 'cause that's all that is. I use it on my severely chapped lips and knuckles and it works great. A little goes a long way. It truely is my favorite (for loads of things).
D.H. answers from Cleveland on January 04, 2010
A lot of those lip balms (including some of the Blistex ones) contain ingredients that actually make your lips need more lip balm over time. It does not heal the skin, simply makes the skin feel better at the moment. Best thing is to get something really simple with few ingredients. My favorite is Vaseline - it comes in a little tube and I think the only ingredient is petroleum jelly. It works extremely well, and does not have any skin-irritating ingredients. This will actually be a barrier to protect and heal the skin. Another one to try is chapstick - I'm not sure what it is called, but it is also very simple and works well healing skin. The label on the tube is blue and it is spf 10 or 15.