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Very Red, Raw Nose!

This may seem trivial, but my 22 month old daughter has a VERY red nose from a bad cold. Her nose and upper lip are so red and nearly raw. She usually cooperates with nose-wiping, but it is so bad that she fights us to wipe her nose. We are using Puffs with lotion, and periodically putting vaseline under her nose where it is most red. Any other suggestions to help soothe this discomfort? I'd love to hear your home rememdies or suggestions. Thanks in advance for any and all help!

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My daughter does this too. We have found that the Mary Kay night cream works well. It is thicker than vaseline and won't come off as easy. I put it on several times a day. It is orange/pink in color, but goes on clear. It works for us.

You got some great advice. I think the Lanolin is a great idea. What I've always used on my son's nose is A&D diaper rash cream. It is very similar to the Lanolin (maybe even the same ingredients) and has always worked wonderfully. Good luck.

Try neosporin plus pain relief. It will coat it like vaseline and also rid her of some of the discomfort. It works I do this for my own daughter and self.

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I got lanolin when I was breastfeeding, and have used it when I have a raw nose, and it works miracles. I also use puffs plus with lotion to prevent the raw nose, they help too. Lanolin is great you can find it at drug stores. Any lotion without alcohol in it would be good, but could hurt, lanolin doesn't, vasoline works well too, but lanolin heals the skin better.

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My daughter does this too. We have found that the Mary Kay night cream works well. It is thicker than vaseline and won't come off as easy. I put it on several times a day. It is orange/pink in color, but goes on clear. It works for us.

I just discovered Aquaphor healing ointment (from Eucerin) thanks to my mom. my almost three year old had a large, raw red patch under her nose and on her cheek (from wiping with her sleve when I wasn't looking). My mom gave me a tube of this stuff and after one application it was almost gone! Of course, I had to apply it everyday because her nose kept running and she kept wiping.
I also used it on my own nose and even on my chapped lips. It is colorless, odorless, and has no taste! I'll never be without it during cold season again!

I would just keep the chapstick or vaseline on her nose and lip all the time. It should clear up eventually, but it's going to suck until it does . . .

Use rags cut from old cotton or flannel clothing. Much more gentle on the nose than facial tissue. Also, some kids are irritated/allergic to the contents of the lotion in those types of tissues.

M.

I use the Mary Kay Extra Emollient Night Cream. It is a heavy pink ointment. It doesn't sting and clears up the redness and heals the dryness. Your daughter will feel the difference the next day. Just keep a little bit on her nose and any other red and dry areas. You only have to use very little. this tiny little bottle lasts forever. I've used it on myself as well.

Aquaphor is great, as others mentioned. I use PureLan on my daughter and it works wonders... plus it's totally safe if she happens to rub it on her hands and then into her mouth.

I used the lanolin I had left after breastfeeding when I had the same problem with my infant son. I used it at night and it worked like a charm.

Aquaphor! I recently discovered that this is great for eczema and other skin irritations. It is over the counter and you should be able to find it at target, CVS...everywhere. Good luck!

I see someone else alreay said it but...Aquaphor is great. It has all the benefits of vasoline, but has an extra healing agent in it. I work for a surgical dermatologist and she recommeds it to all of her patients for even their most serious surgical wounds. It is good stuff. I use it for everything now diaper rash, chapped skin and lips, cuts and scrapes. I use it instead of poly or neosporin. Hope her cold and little nose get to feeling better soon.

Hi,
Use a little Balmex or any other diaper rash cream on it. It will clear up quickly! Hope she feels better soon!

Maybe just one suggestion to help prevent the problem in the future. When my little ones first get signs of a runny nose, I put some lotion with eucalyptus in it on their nose. The eucalyptus acts as a deconjestant like the vapor rubs do but isn't as harsh a smell. The lotion also helps to keep their nose from getting so sore. If she has sensitive skin, this might not help but it is worth a try.

Everytime you wipe the nose, you can swipe some triple antibiotic ointment on the red spots which should prevent infection and help it to heal. The vaseline usually just prevents the area to dry out and irritate, but the ointment should help the healing process speed up. Good luck.

We use regular chap stick on the kids noses, and also my hubby's, and even he said it helped a whole lot! Doesn't hurt to try ...

Our pediatric dermatologist at Mercy has recommended Aquaphor (by Eucerin) for about every ailment...it cured a diaper rash, chapped cheeks in cold weather, and I use it for my own chapped lips. I would guess that Aquaphor may have more healing properties than Vaseline...may want to try that instead...it works as a great barrier to moisture at the same time. We use it as our diaper cream now all the time. Good luck!

My daughter and I both had the flu at the beginning of this month (somehow my husband avoided it!). I used ezcema (sp?) cream on her nose and used some of her old soft burpcloths to wipe her nose with. It added a lot of laundry, but it sure helped her little nose. Hope this helps!

You have already recieved this response, but I would definitely go with the lanolin. It is great for healing the skin especially over night. It is thick so it's harder for the child to wipe it off. I hope that your daughter gets well soon.

Well, my 2 year old had the same problem and he said everything hurt when I put it on. I took him to the Dr. and they gave me samples of Aquaphor by Eucerin. It's Advanced Theraphy. It worked sooooo good. It was gone in 2 days. I put it on twice a day now. Just to keep it from coming back. Good luck. CP

Try neosporin plus pain relief. It will coat it like vaseline and also rid her of some of the discomfort. It works I do this for my own daughter and self.

I agree with the others to use cloth not tissue and not any with lotions. The lotions can cause iritation on their own. Make sure you wash the cloths often to prevent spreading infections.

try aquaphor or eucerin cream(its expensive and walgreens brand is the same thing if you like generics), or neosporin works too. I always put those recieving blankets that never got much use to good use at this point for wiping the noses...use a white one and u can bleach it so you don't have to worry about germs or stains...or any sort of soft cloth will do...like a soft burp cloth...just keep lumping some cream on there especially when she goes to sleep and it will heal up in a hurry.

My daughter's always used a cloth to wipe there noses instead of tissue. The cloth usually, cloth diapers but you could use a wash cloth instead. Sometimes the additives in the tissue would cause more irriation. Also try Aquafor cream, this should help.

i've found that neosporin helps that condition a lot...my son had a similar problem a few months ago. after a couple days, it cleared right up!

I get that problem a lot. I don't use paper products (even with lotion) to wipe or blow my nose. Try using handkercheifs or a soft towel. I also use a heavy cream for the chaffing instead of regular lotion. Unfortunately I don't think there is much you can do to avoid it. Us sensitive skin types just have to suffer sometimes. LOL! Good luck.

First, stop using the vaseline and Puffs with lotion. These use petroleum products and create a barrier not moisturizing the skin at all. Use a soft cloth hanky or soft facial tissue.
Next, apply an all-natural shea butter to the raw area. Be sure to "melt" the shea butter in your hand by gently swirling between the palm of your hand and a finger. Then apply when it is creamy like cake frosting. Apply as needed.

Shea butter has worked wonders at our home. It's all we use for diaper rash, dry skin, chapped lips, etc. The shea butter will heal and moisturizer. I use one with Lavender Essential Oil to help heal even more. I found a wonderful company that has the best price for a high quality product. Daisy Blue Naturals. Check them out at www.daisybluenaturals.com or email me for more information ____@____.com

Best Wishes,
J. H.

You got some great advice. I think the Lanolin is a great idea. What I've always used on my son's nose is A&D diaper rash cream. It is very similar to the Lanolin (maybe even the same ingredients) and has always worked wonderfully. Good luck.

When my boys were little, that happened a lot. Check with your pediatrician, but our pediatrician had us use an antibiotic ointment (not a cream, but the greasy kind). It seemed to help a little better than vasoline. Also, we found that the tissues with lotion made it worse because the lotion burns on raw skin.

Hi J.!

Renew lotion from Melaleuca will clear that up in no time!!! www.livetotalwellness.com/cindygeoff The lotion in the Puffs probably has chemicals in it making it worse, I buy just plain old Kleenexes with nothing added like that. Just a thought! Hope that helps!

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