K.G. asks from New Boston, MI on February 08, 2009
I have a 3 year old who constantly licks her lips. She has a bright red ring around her mouth that I am having a hard time healing. We have been putting carmex on it. It will start to get better but then a day later it is back again. Usually this doesn't bother me but she is going to be in a wedding on Saturday and it would be nice if her face didn't match her bright red dress! Any sugestions on how to help heal her chapped lips?
So What Happened?™
I decided to go with a combo of carmex and lanolin. Right now it is looking great! Lets hope that we can keep it at bay until Saturday! Thanks!
G.B. answers from Detroit on February 09, 2009
My granddaughter and I both have found Aquaphor to be wonderful stuff. Reminding or distracting her might help too.
P.S. answers from Detroit on February 09, 2009
My son went through a simillar phase when he was 18 mos/24 mos old. I just kepte a tube of petroleum jelly nearby and applied throughout the day as a barrier for his saliva. Target sells a generic in an upright tube - like a tothpaste tube - for around $1.50. That tube will last you years. Within a day or two you will see the redness go away. Good luck!
D.V. answers from Grand Rapids on February 09, 2009
My mother always used an ointment called "Bag Balm." I am now a mother of 3 and have used it on all of my childrens for both chapped lips and diaper rash. You can but this at any pharmacy...CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid etc...Target and Meijer carry it also. It comes in a green square tin. Don't be alarmed by the description on the container...I think they used to use it to put on cow's utters while milking them. Like I said, it works wonders for chapped lips and diaper rash and you can use it numerous times a day. I found it was easy to put it on my kids face/lips at night time...it is a little bit greasy, so you may want to put an old pillow case on your daughters pillow so it does not leave a grease stain on good sheets. Good luck to you!
A.K. answers from Lansing on February 09, 2009
I know your pain my son had the same problem. I really don't like to use vasoline it is a by-product of gasoline. What I have found that really works well is Lanolin. Yes, I know it is for breastfeeding nipples but it really does work and it's water-proof (hence the repeated licking). Hope you get it under control!!!!
A.S. answers from Detroit on February 09, 2009
HI K. - I went through exactly the same thing with my 11-year-old when he was that age. I've got dozens of photos of him with bright red lips and a red ring around them. Now I look at them and smile but at the time it drove me mad. It really is a phase - it WILL PASS - but in the meantime, when she's asleep at night, go into her room and plaster around her mouth with vaseline. You could do it a couple of times, depending on how late you go to bed. That really helps to heal it at night so it's not quite as bad in the morning. Other than that, just try to ignore the habit - and she'll still look cute at the wedding I'm sure - good luck - ALison
M.T. answers from Detroit on February 08, 2009
I know that this probably bugs you more than it does her. It is because her lips are chapped. I work as a lunch aide in an elementary school and there are a TON of kids that have that red ring around their mouths. My suggestion would be vasaline. It will go away once the weather warms up, but I do know how unattractive it is (I have 4 kids myself). Good luck and hang in there. :)
R.G. answers from Detroit on February 09, 2009
Put vaseline all around her mouth while she is sleeping. Also, it works great during the day, too. My son did the same thing. It's just a phase. Good luck!! :)
N.W. answers from Detroit on February 09, 2009
Aquophor (sp?) ointment and/or neosporin will help immensenly!
T.C. answers from Grand Rapids on February 08, 2009
Both my kids get this, from licking their chapped lips. I put Neosporin on the area below their lips, to help heal the redness. I also have Chapstick everywhere and remind them to use it as much as possible. Once it starts to heal, prevention is the key to keeping it that way. Costco or Sam's sells the chapstick in a pack of about 15 tubes. Put them in the car seat, coat pockets, nightstand, etc.
B.T. answers from Detroit on February 09, 2009
Hi! My son does this exact thing and it drives us crazy. He has developmental delays and does it repeatedly. We just saw our pediatrician for a check up and she had a name and solution: lip licking eczema (our son's lips were actually getting very scaly from him constantly doing it). She recommended either aquaphor or vaseline, and also low potency hydrocortisone for a short time. I bought the 1% hydrocortisone and applied it while he was sleeping for 2 night in a row, and then used aquaphor as much as possible during the day. The difference is amazing. I hope that helps. You shouldn't use the hydrocortisone long term b/c it can change the skin on the face, but a short time is just fine. It might be helpful for you since you have a big event coming up (you may want to call your pediatrician first)
BTW we also tried things like Burt's Bees, carmex, neosporin etc and while they helped a little, the combo of the hydrocortisone and the aquaphor worked by far the best for him.