Chapped Skin on Face of Toddler

Updated on February 24, 2008
G.W. asks from Opelika, AL
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I would like to see if anyone has a good recommendation for something I can put on my 16 month old's little face. Just under his bottom lip he has a pretty red dry chapped area that I think started on Halloween night as we were pulling him in the nippy air in his wagon. It looks like he was probably licking it because it felt irritated and has made it not very pretty. With the temps taking a nosedive very soon I'm worried that this is going to be a continueing problem so want to find something to keep at home for constant use. I know Vaseline sounds like a good option but I guess I think of it as a "barrier" and not as something that will promote healing of the skin. Obviously, his little tounge can reach that area so I need something that will help but be safe if he licks it off in an hour. Thanks a bunch!

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Ladies, THANK YOU so much for taking the time to offer your suggestions and preferences for my little guys red spot. I did go ahead and try the Aquaphor since I had it on hand and the redness is gone but the spot is still very dry and flaky. All of you ladies out there were very generous to offer me samples of your moisturizing product so I will pm you with my address as I would love to try them. I've heard of Arbonne many times but haven't had the pleasure of giving it a try. Thanks again and best wishes for a blessed weekend everyone!

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E.L.

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extra-emollient night cream

I use it on my 3 boys. Safe on face and body. Does not clog pores.

This product has been in the Mary Kay line for 45 years.

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A.W.

answers from Dallas on

Try Eucerin cream. It's totally safe, even if ingested, and is what Children's Medical Center uses on patients with any kind of chapped skin. It even works pretty well as a diaper rash barrier. Just a thought!

A.

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S.

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Hi G.,

You certainly want to be careful because it is so close to his mouth. When my daughter was teething she developed a little red rash on the corner of her mouth because it stayed wet all the time with drool. I used Arbonne Baby Body Oil and it cleared it right up. Because it is herb and botanically based and formulated for babies, it is safe to use. If you would like some more information or want to try it just let me know. I am an Arbonne consultant with a 1 year old and can probably answer just about any question. haha

S.

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A.W.

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Try Eucerin cream. It's totally safe, even if ingested, and is what Children's Medical Center uses on patients with any kind of chapped skin. It even works pretty well as a diaper rash barrier. Just a thought!

A.

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T.U.

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I have this same problem with my 10 year old. About 5 years ago her dentist recommended pure lanolin as the cure. It works wonders. The brand I use is Lansinoh. It is in a purple tube and says "For breastfeeding Mothers". Now that she is 10, I put some in a small container and her friends think that it is just lip gloss. Her secret is safe. I have also used Aquaphor (a Eucerin brand) for my excema. It is fantastic. I would recommend that for other parts of the body, but not the face. You need natural products there. Hope this helps!

T.M.

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Hey G. - I have no advise as I am the new mommy on the block but I saw your name and wanted to say hi!!!! Looks like you got great reccomendations for your little ninja!
T.

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K.M.

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I sell a wonderful all natural baby lotion from Arbonne. Pediatricans have recommended this lotion for chapped skin and excema.

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M.F.

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We've had a similar problem under the bottom lip from thumb-sucking. The "barrier" is actually the way to go. The skin will heal itself if it stays dry. Aquaphor is another option (if you read the ingredients it is vaseline with lanolin added).

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J.S.

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Eucerin...you can get it at Wal-Mart. My son has excema, and it works. We moved here from Houston, and the climate is much drier. My son is having the same problem. On my lips I use Blistex (the original). I carry some around, and my son loves to put it on all the time. It helps keep him from licking. He also likes for me to give him kisses when we both have it on. :)

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L.W.

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Hi G.,
L. the Lactation Consultant here. As always, if you are concerned that your baby may have a medical condition such as eczema, consult your pediatrician.
Be sure to read the label before putting anything around baby's mouth. He can (and will) injest it.
Petroleum based products like Vasoline, Aquaphor and Eucerin moisturize but they also contain petroleum based products and preservatives. Petroleum jelly, mineral oil, or paraffin are petroleum products. Petroleum products actually block the pores and keep the skin from breathing. There have also been warnings about using petroleum products on our skin as these products come from crude oil.
Products like pure lanolin are better. Bert's Bees makes a full line of products for babies that are safe both outside and inside baby's body. For instance, Bert's Bees Baby ointment contains Sweet almond oil, water, beeswax, aloe barbadensis gel, kaolin (natural clay), grapefruit seed extract, carrageenan extract (Irish moss), fragrance, sodium borate (natural borax), glucose, glucose oxidase & lactoperoxidase (sugar & natural enzymes), tocopherol (vitamin E).
Bert's Bees products are available many places - Whole Foods Market, CVS stores, Walgreens, Presbyterian Hospital gift shop, Destination Maternity and more.
Best wishes as you soothe baby's dry skin.
L.

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A.R.

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Hi....I see everyone had some great ideas...but the secret I use on my daughter and myself for chapped lips or skin is Lanolin. The 100% kind you use on nipples when breastfeeding. It is totally natural, he can lick it (although it won't come off too easily) and it works fast! I apply it liberally at bedtime and by morning it is much better! This works well with all kinds of things and I now apply it every night to my lips. It is a miracle!! I love the stuff! Good luck!

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B.S.

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Gerber makes a great moisturizing stick that you can use on the lips and face. But Aquaphor is the absolute best stuff for all over the face and body. It works wonders!! I don't put it on my DD's mouth/lips though. For that I use the Gerber stick, and reapply as needed.

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N.P.

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G., Renew lotion is clinically proven 3x more effective than Eucerin. It has tea tree oil in it so it's especially healing and moisturizing. It's a Melaleuca product. I have several samples so just let me know where to send it and I'll send you a sample. That way you can see if it works first. Be blessed, N. ____@____.com ###-###-####

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A.M.

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Hi G.!

Arbonne comes highly recommended, particularly because it is pure, safe, and beneficial. You don't want to put anything with mineral oil (which is refined crude oil) on him, because, you're right, it does put a barrier on the skin and does not allow toxins to escape and nutrients to enter the skin. I am an Arbonne consultant and I'd be happy to let you try it. Give me a call and I can arrange to drop it off for you.
A.
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J.B.

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I think Vaseline does promote healing, so you're probably OK there. :-) I use A&D clear ointment though, when my daughter's face gets chapped, or Aveeno baby lotion for very dry skin. Both seem to work pretty well.

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E.D.

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I have to agree with Aquaphor, hands down. It has healing ingredients, plus the barrier quality. Vaseline is your second best bet. (A&D sounds good too.)

My daughter has eczema and also had the exact same type of spot on her face. If it won't heal or worsens, you might ask a doctor about topical corticosteroids, but for such a sensitive area, the barrier will protect and allow healing. A pediatric dermatologist told me the same.

S.

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Aquaphor works great for us Also vaseline it does help heal i have a 16 month old same problem!!

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S.

answers from Dallas on

Hi G.,

You certainly want to be careful because it is so close to his mouth. When my daughter was teething she developed a little red rash on the corner of her mouth because it stayed wet all the time with drool. I used Arbonne Baby Body Oil and it cleared it right up. Because it is herb and botanically based and formulated for babies, it is safe to use. If you would like some more information or want to try it just let me know. I am an Arbonne consultant with a 1 year old and can probably answer just about any question. haha

S.

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E.L.

answers from Dallas on

extra-emollient night cream

I use it on my 3 boys. Safe on face and body. Does not clog pores.

This product has been in the Mary Kay line for 45 years.

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C.I.

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Aquaphor is the best!

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T.T.

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Definitly Aquaphor. I've used it since my son was little (about 4 years) and it's the only thing that works!!

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M.O.

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Hi G.! My 2.5 year old son has been getting red, chapped lips and skin around his mouth from the change in weather and his pacy! I've been using Arbonne's Baby Care Lotion all week around his mouth, and right on his lips, and the rash is gone. Arbonne is all natural and botanically based, with no chemical dyes or fragrances, so it is very safe and beneficial for babies. If you're interested, I do have some samples of the baby care line. I'd be happy to give you one to see if that helps you and your son. Just let me know. You can visit my website and email me at: www.mandyolsen.myarbonne.com. Hope you find something that works for you!
- Take care, M.

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S.B.

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Vaseline is a barrier. It will just sit on top of the skin. The arbonne baby care line is excellent, as Mandy said. The baby oil is also great for severely dry skin. But, I would try the lanolin. It is 100% natural and safe for baby to ingest (as are the Arbonne products). Maybe a combo of the two. The Arbonne products will be easily absorbed into the skin to promote healing, and the lanolin can act as a barrier to keep it dry(er) and would be harder for him to lick off.

Good luck!
S.

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E.S.

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Hi,

I see a lot of people have given you good advice on here. My now 3 year old has sebboric dermatitis. He's had it since he was a baby. I didn't like to use oils on him because really oils, according to my pediatrician, aren't that good for babies lungs; so I switched to the arbonne baby lotion, but now I have found that the arbonne intelligence body lotion works better on him. They've come out with a bigger bottle. I love it because any time he's getting "alligator" skin, I make sure I use it. It's pure, safe,and beneficial as arbonne says about their products and I don't have to use a medicated cream on him. Go to www.arbonne.com. I joined as a consultant #16128801 just to get the 35% discount so I can by this monthly! I can't say enough good things about this particular product. If you would like more info., just let me know. I think he gets his sensitive skin from me because I always break out. I use this product too and I use the clear advantage acne system for my face. It's great and I can use the wash and lotion as part of my flex spending account! Anyway, good luck to you whichever product you decide to use!

Sincerely,
E.

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S.

answers from Dallas on

This may sound nuts, but we resorted to this with my now 7 year old. He was a mouth breather at night. We use the breastfeeding cream for his chapped lips. Can't remember the name, we just call it purple stuff now. It was/is the only thing that worked! We also use it around both of my boys' noses when they have a cold and the skin gets all raw. I figure if it's safe for breastfeeing babies, it's safe for that purpose. They don't have any lanolin allergies so for us, it works great!!

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A.D.

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Aquaphor... it's by the makers of eucerin but it's more like vaseline in texture than a lotion.... i use it on diaper rash too... and on burns... scrapes under bandaids... everything! :) Good luck. I hate it when they get that!

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A.

answers from Dallas on

Yes, Aquaphor. That`s what the pediatrician recommend when my son was an infant.

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