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Weird Rash Around My Sons Mouth.

I have noticed a red rash around my 4yr old mouth. Its just below him bottom lip. I will seem to be healing up then it will turn bright red, crack, and bleed. I really seem to notice it after he eats. I try and think what could cause it like a food allergy or something but I just don't have any idea. I don't have any insurance and can't afford to take him to the dr. He has not complained about it so I take it it doesn't hurt. What do you think could be the cause?

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I don't know what the cause could be and I am sorry to be responding to this so late. I think you need to get some kind of barrier on the skin to protect it. I use to use vaseline then I found something better. I recently started selling for a company called BeautiControl. They make a great lipbalm. It is rich in Vitamin C and wheat germ oil, very healing. Does not contain alcohol like chapstick and vaseline do. Contact me today! I have samples and you could try it to see if it works! Call ###-###-#### or e-mail ____@____.com Hope to hear from you soon!

Hello. My name is J. and I had the same diffrene with my middle daughter. She had broken out with a rash around her mouth as well. I took her to her doctor and he said it is dry skin, due to the changing of the weather. We use a facial cream on it and it seems to work, its not expensive at all and we bought it from Walmart. It is called Celaphin. Within a week it cleared up.

Does it seem to happen in the cooler months? I noticed something like this with my 4 boys around this age. It was caused by them licking around their mouth and the area getting chapped. Then when they ate food or a beverage it would irritate it and they would lick it more causing more irritation. A vicious cycle. I just put chap-stick (unflavored) around the whole area, especially at night.

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Check out this link. Scroll down to the paragraph on facial rashes. Hopefully, this will put your mind at ease.
http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T082900.asp

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My 4 yr old son had the same thing happen recently. The rash seemed to last for weeks! Trying to figure out the cause, I noticed he kept putting his hands in his mouth way too often. After keeping a closer eye on the hands in the mouth, I noticed he kept licking his lips and around mouth and messing with his back teeth. Molars coming in?! Basically keeping on top of him and telling him not to do that, the rash disappeared within a week. You could put vaseline on it in the meantime to help with the chapping.

I sounds like he is licking his bottom lip or sucking on it. Sometime we do this subconsious sp? My daughter got her whole face this way almost for licking it to much.

My son... age 4... gets a red, prickly rash around his mouth when he eats tomato based products. He does not get sick, enjoys most tomato foods, and the rash goes away once his mouth is wiped clean and is dry for a while. It always comes back when he eats tomato things though.... I just assume it is some alergic reaction.

I have a four year old who gets this every winter. He is CONSTANTLY licking his lips, and with the cold weather and in a dry house, his face is chapped.

I have tried everything- chap sticks, oils, lotions (which just burn). Vaseline has worked best for it, but we mostly have to wait until he goes to sleep to put it on him. BUT, by morning, when it has mostly healed, and it almost gone, he starts in licking his lips again and it comes right back. Anything I put on his face during the day, he wants to lick right off.

If you figure this one out, be sure to let me know!

Try making sure you clean around his mouth as soon as he finishes a meal. My son gets the same thing. Food dries after just a few minutes and irritates the skin. He could be licking his lips or chewing on his bottom lip and then it gets chapped. Try Aquaphor for the rash. Great for irritated or chapped skin and even lips. I sneak and put it on after my boys are asleep, so they won't rub it off. You could even let your son pick out his very own Chapstick. That way, he would get in the habit of applying it himself during the day as well.

My son has had dry red skin due to the weather.....
I swear by Aquaphor.....it's amazing.....we use it nonstop!!!

Hi A.,

I'm not a pediatrician, but I do work with children every day. Many of whom have had to track an allergy of some sort or another. The most common allergies are milk, eggs nut, wheat and dairy products. Eliminate milk from his diet for one week and see what happens. If that doesn't clear up move onto another food, until you find the culprit...it may take a month or so, but certainly worth it. Good luck!

Does it seem to happen in the cooler months? I noticed something like this with my 4 boys around this age. It was caused by them licking around their mouth and the area getting chapped. Then when they ate food or a beverage it would irritate it and they would lick it more causing more irritation. A vicious cycle. I just put chap-stick (unflavored) around the whole area, especially at night.

When I was little I used to get a similar sounding rash every winter. All that was causing it was that when my lips would get dry I would suck on my bottom lip. Which of course would make not just my lip more dry, but also the area underneath my mouth. If it is dry the action of opening his mouth and chewing may indeed be causing it to break open more, but be unrelated to the food he is eating. I'd try seeing if you can convince him to let you use some lip balm or vasaline on it regularly for a week or so. Good luck!

I would say that it is probably chapped lips in a sense. Put lots of vasaline on the area and keep it well moistened with the vaseline and it should go away in a couple weeks, also try to keep him from licking it which will just make it worse. Also my son when he eats pickles and gets the acid from the pickle juice on his face he gets the same thing. It probably isnt a food allergy just sensitivity to something when it gets on his skin. If this is what you think it is keep a food diary of what all he eats and see when it gets worse or when it starts. But more than likely based on the time of year it is probably dry skin. Good luck on clearing it up!!

My kids have this too it seems to be cause from moisture on the lip (my kids are notorious for chewing on there bottom lip.) I have found that a little bit of chapstick on the affected area twice a day more if it is extra dry works wonders. I use regualr chapstick and not the medicated kind. I hope this helps and if this is the same issue he will most likely grow out of it, I did.

My 15 month old daughter seems to get something similar. She gets a red, almost pimply looking rash on her chin. I thougtht it was caused by milk. Aquaphor seems to work really well, especially if put on prior to drinking milk and making sure the milk is washed off and the Aquaphor is reapplied.

My nephew gets a red rash around his mouth. This is because he is constantly licking his lips and the skin under his lip to moisten them. My sister suggests that he put vasoline on the rash. It serves 2 purposes. It doesn't taste good and it keeps the skin moist. Good luck

Hi A.! Is it possible that maybe it is from the cold weather? My friends daughter used to have that problem when the weather was bad and it would get worse when it was irritated with eating or sucking on it or a pacifier. Or you said that he gets it after he eats? Is this after drinking out of a bottle? Could he be allergic to the rubber nipple? If you have a pediatrician for your son, maybe try calling and talking to one of the nurses at the office. This saves from having to pay for the visit and they maybe able to suggest some things over the phone. Good luck!

Try taking your son off all milk and dairy products, including whey and cassein (must check ingredients list on prepared foods) for at least 2-4 weeks and see if it clears up.

If it is continually cracking and bleeding, you probably need to seek out medical treatment. Doesn't sound like it's going to get better on it's own.

hey have you tried carmex the lip balm stuff it seems that when ever my son has a rash like thing or redness around his mouth or entire face for that matter carmex clears it up within like 3 applications you should try it, use the squeeze out kind though not the stick kind.... hope that helps, it always works for me!!

My first reaction was that it could be impetigo. Here is a link for info on that. There is even a picture for reference. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/impetigo-overview Another thing could be just the dry air and with the licking and all it could just be irritated. You can try putting Aquaphor on the area and this will help create a barrier so it can heal. I understand all too well the not having insurance part. You may want to check into if your city/county has a free clinic. Here in Lorain county there are free clinics you can take your kids to in order to get checked out as well get shots. Also, you should qualify for Care Source for your little one. You can check with Social Services on that. Hope this helps.

It could just be chapped. Get some Carmex and put it on and see if it helps.

If you want to avoid the dr start a food journal and document what you are feeding him. If that doesn't work completely then start removing things from his diet while still journaling. You should eventually identify if it's a food allergy. Just be patient and take your time.

Do you live in Hamilton County in the Cincinnati area? I know because I qualify for health care through a tax levy that the hospitals will treat you for free. Call Childrens see if they also do that program. University does but I don't know if they treat many children. It's called Hamco but you cannot live in Cincinnati. I live surounded by Cincinnati on 3 sides but live in the village of Elmwood Place. So I get it. I know there are also clinis that base care on income. If you are in Cincinnati let me know the area and I can name a few of them for you to try. I sometimes takes forever. Do your children qualify for a medical card? Try, they can only say yes or no.

My daughter gets a rash around hers when she eats ranch dressing or ketchup. So, when he eats note down what he has eaten and when it is at is worst then maybe you can figure out what is breaking him out.
As well as does he lick his mouth rather than use a napkin? She has also done this as well and food just makes her lick more. I saw that someone elsed children does that as well.

Sometimes acidic foods (citrus, oj, tomato sauce, etc.) can cause it plus any left over drool. Good luck. Try Aquaphor after it's clean and dry--it's like Vaseline but better.

A.: It very well could be an allergy. My son had this after he ate things he was alergic to. It was called exema, but it could be a number of things. Often it is dairy, eggs, or gluten, or a specific kind of nut, or dyes. It is caused because the stomach is not able to digest certain components in food. Sometimes people with dairy allergies can have raw milk or can have yogurt. Usually children grow out of it eventually.

If skins is red or bleeding the body is compromised and does hurt. Children are not able to distinguish where the discomfort is coming from as adults. These things can make for more subtle symptoms also such as irratability or general moodiness. When they are a little older it will distract them from concentrating on things they are trying to learn. So don't ignore it; take note what he eats when this rash shows up. If it is a food alergy, you can take that food out of his diet you will eliminate the problem.You can put a gentle skin cream on it. I make up a calendula salve that is healing for children, but you could use anything you like with healing properties.

We did not have health insurance either, but, we took our son to a doctor. He discovered a whole gamut of allergies and our son had to take shots through high school. Allergy treatmets are not as expensive as other kinds of care. If my advice does not bring you results, by all means see a naturopath or an allergist.

Hi A.,

How long has your son had this rash? I could be a food allergy as some have stated.

I'm more inclined to think that it's his first cold sore outbreak. It's nothing to be worried about. It's cause by the herpes virus, it what cold sores are basically.

Except for some reason the first outbreak, when you are first exposed to the virus, it tends to manifest itself in the form of a rash on the lower lip and inside of the mouth on the lower lip. It can bleed and crust over and sometimes it's painful. It can, but not always, be accompanied by fatigue and other flu like symptoms.

After the initial outbreak the virus lies dormant except for an occasional cold sore. There is not treatment for this, just ride it out, it can last up to a couple of weeks.

Let me know it you have any questions about this. I hope this helps!
Good luck!

Hello. My name is J. and I had the same diffrene with my middle daughter. She had broken out with a rash around her mouth as well. I took her to her doctor and he said it is dry skin, due to the changing of the weather. We use a facial cream on it and it seems to work, its not expensive at all and we bought it from Walmart. It is called Celaphin. Within a week it cleared up.

My son gets something that sounds very similar in the winter time. It does not bother him, but looks terrible! We usually put Blistex or another lip balm on it before he goes to bed at night. We are also constantly reminding him not to suck on his lower lip.

My son gets a rash around him mouth whenever he eats something with red dye in it. I either try to avoid the foods that may cause it or I use Bacitracin or A&D ointment on it. It usually goes away within a few days.
Jen

Please just make sure that it's not impetigo because that needs a prescrption antibiotic cream to get rid of it. Go to your nearest Health clinic or call your county health dept. There are always places that will treat your child free or on the reduced sliding scale fee.

Your instincts are probably correct; it sounds like your son has food allergies. My son does, too. We are doing LDA (Low Dose Allergen) treatment, which is helping but somewhat costly. As a first step, I would try keeping a food journal and noting your sons reactions to different foods. Also, you can check out allergy cookbooks from your local library to find alternative foods that may not cause a reaction. While you're there, check out a book about rotation diets and other diets for children with allergies. Sometimes a child can overcome common allergies by avoiding the allergenic foods for a period of time (usually years). Allergies are a challenge--GOOD LUCK!!!

The rash may be a reaction to citrus fruits. They contain an acid which some people are sensitive to. Not really an allergy - just sensitive skin. Try taking away citrus juices to see if it goes away. Then once you know what it is, you could dilute (add water) his citrus juices to see if that helps.
P. (grandma of two and mom of two)

Try Vaseline!! Do you live in a cold climate? It may only be a rash from his drool or from sucking his bottom lip or even a pacifier. I put vaseline on and around (on skin where rash is) my childrens lips and/or cheeks during winter weather or whenever they need it. It seems to work wonders!!!

Very possibly that he is licking his lips and getting that area. Kids are wonderful for doing this in the winter, and it looks nasty. Just keep applying vaseline til it goes away and then continue after.

Hi A.,

Both my two and four year old get a similar "rash" every winter - it's basically chapped skin. I apply Aquaphor at least three times a day and try to wash/rub it as little as possible. You may want to try that before you think about allergies or doctors. Good luck!

this sounds really weird but it may be a yeast infection, from being damp around his mouth, if he has been on any antibiotics lately that would really clue you in. It happened to me as a child. Or just really dry skin, I have to rub aquaphor on my baby's cheeks and chin every night.

ok now im not sure whats causeing the rash but you can get him insured for free. apply for care source. its all goverment but it helps. it will over kids up to 6 yrs of age. apply for it and take him to see a doctor so they can tell you whats causing the rash. it may be something really bad or may not be anything, but it cant hurt to find out for sure. good luck

I think you need to get him on caresource and take him to the doctor. B.

Does he have any little blisters on his hand and feet? My son had a rash in his mouth for 7-10 days and a few blisters on his hands ( very very tiny ). He had a fever for the same amount of time too. Does he have a Fever?

He is probably biting his lower lip and it is severly chapped. Try some medicated chapstick or vasaline. It will help. Tis the season for these things.

M. C.

A., this sounds like a food, or some other type of allergy. I don't mean to alarm you, but often food allergies can worsen the more the person is exposed to the allergen. I would take him to a pediatrician immediately so proper allergy testing can be conducted.

My nephew had a similar problem and it was found he was allergic to all dairy products.

Does he use a Nuk? I would use a little A&D ointment around it. Hope it helps.

Just an idea...have you noticed him licking his lips a lot? My 6-yr old daughter will start doing that and ends up with a bright red rash just around her lips. We have to remind her constantly to stop the habit, and we slather the vasoline on.

Does he lick his lips a lot? I have seen this on other kids that age (I used to work in a latchkey program). Some kids, especially during winter months, lick their lips, and the area around their lips to moisten them when they're dry. But since their saliva only worsens the problem, they sometimes end up with what looks like a red rash around their mouth.

I have noticed my 3-1/2 year old bites his lips. He gets a rash above his lips. Took me a bit to realize what it was. Then I lined up his teeth with were it was the worst. I put blistex or carmex (the kind that comes in the little tub) on his lips and a bit on the rash as well. He is not a big fan of it. Cleared it up in a day or two. I now am better about putting lip treatment on his lips more regularly. With his lips moisturized, he doesn't seem to need to bite them.

He sounds like a lip licker. I would say his lips are chapped. This can also happen in summertime. I have a 11 yr old that I ended up putting baby powder scented vasiline on her lips and just below her lip line. Man that stuff tasted bad she says and it is starting to break the habit. I have spend so much money on chap stick it's unreal. There are tubs everywhere she goes even on hooked on her belt loop of her pants. lol ...She uses it but licks it right off, so I had to find something nasty. If this does not work try to find a free clinic and get it looked at. Good Luck.

I don't know what the cause could be and I am sorry to be responding to this so late. I think you need to get some kind of barrier on the skin to protect it. I use to use vaseline then I found something better. I recently started selling for a company called BeautiControl. They make a great lipbalm. It is rich in Vitamin C and wheat germ oil, very healing. Does not contain alcohol like chapstick and vaseline do. Contact me today! I have samples and you could try it to see if it works! Call ###-###-#### or e-mail ____@____.com Hope to hear from you soon!

It does sound like it could be a food allergy. My son had a persistent rash when he was younger, and I suspected he was allergic to soy (he drank soy formula). When I stopped the formula, the rash went away. Also, when he was 12 months, I let him stick his tongue to my peanut butter sandwich, and he instantly got a red rash around his lips as well as a blister on his bottom lip. He was tested by an allergist, and he does have a severe, life-threatening allergy to nuts.

Both my kids had this problem. Our doctor first thought it was an allergy, but we tried eliminating certain foods and it did not help the problem. For my kids, I'm pretty sure it's just a sensitivity to acids in certain foods and what really helped us was if I put Badger Balm (found at many health food stores) around their mouths before and after meals. I used to use diaper cream and this helped too, but they looked like clowns with all that white stuff on their faces! The Badger Balm smells nice, too, sort of herbal. Hope this helps a little!

If you are really concerned, take him to the doctor. Find a free clinc or take him to the Health Dept. clinics. When it comes to your child's health, it is worth every penny. Guessing what it could be with various home remedies may make things worse.

When my son was about that age he would "chap" the skin under his bottom lip by regularly sucking on his lip. He may be doing it in his sleep. Watch him closely when he's eating, too. If that is the case, you might want to try Vaseline at night. The taste will stop him from doing it.

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