My Daughter Has Severely Dry Lips and Surrounding Mouth Dryness as Well. She Is

Updated on October 26, 2015
J.B. asks from Mount Laurel, NJ
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always rubbing that area. i have used aquaphor and it does not help. any suggestions? anything natural?

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answers from New York on

She is very likely licking her lips. She might not even notice it.

Try the medicated Chapstick (light blue one). It works really well. Load it up and night and buy a second one for her school bag.

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answers from Los Angeles on

Vaseline is good for dry lips, but I second 2kidmama's suggestion for PREVENTING dry lips in the first place -- no licking and drink LOTS of water!

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answers from Appleton on

It comes in a 3 inch green cube shaped can available at Walgreens. Best stuff there is for chapped dry skin, diaper rash, cracked heels, burns .. you name it - it works.

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answers from Philadelphia on

My daughter's lips and surrounding area was extremely dry despite using Vaseline so I took her to the doctors. The doctor prescribed medication for her lips which cleared the dryness up in about 3 days. The doctor said it was a good thing I brought her in. Her lips were so cracked she was at a high risks of getting a skin infection. Since your daughter lips and surrounding area is severely dry I recommend you take her to the doctor.

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answers from Beaumont on

Is she getting enough water? Make sure she's fully hydrated because that would aggravate her already dry skin.

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answers from Toledo on

Vaseline. Works like a charm!

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answers from San Diego on

The best thing I've used is Carmex in the original tub. The one in the tube or with sunscreen always make it worse for me. You also need to make sure that she's keeping well hydrated.
Strange as this sounds, when I use a lip balm that I am allergic to my lips get really dry, red and chapped and will even begin to bleed. She could be allergic to the Aquaphor.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

Try Vaseline on the area at nightime right before bed and then throughout the day as well. She's less likely to lick it off at night and it'll give it a chance to heal.

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answers from Las Vegas on

Have you tried "pure" coconut oil? it's moisturizes, while at the same time helps slough off the dead skin cells.. You can buy the oil in a health food store where you find cooking oils.. If you get it, make sure it's pure, I am not talking about cosmetic type stuff that has additives and junk..
good luck

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answers from Oklahoma City on

I did that as a kid. She's dehydrated deep inside. So her saliva is irritating her dry lips/skin.

Make her sit down with 8 ounces of water every time she wants something. Tell her she has to drink that water to get what she wants. Bribe her....that's what I have to do. Our girl sort of gags through the water but she gets blockages if she doesn't drink enough.

So I have a case of Dr. Pepper in my fridge in our master bathroom. I let her have a can a day but to get it she has to, in front of me, drink at least 3 cups of water during the day.

I know, that's a lot of pop but she doesn't get one every day.

I also keep orange or strawberry Koolaid made up and in the fridge. She can choose that if she wants. I make my Koolaid with half the sugar so it's not as bad.

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answers from Washington DC on

I have a jar of Eucerin Original Moisturizing Creme that I bought for dry skin--hands, elbows, feet, etc. It is a thick creamy moisturizer. My son gets a bad case of dry red lips/skin about once a winter. Vaseline is not enough for these cases. Tried this and it works wonders!!! Put a thick layer on multiple times a day and it should be better in a day or two.

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answers from Santa Fe on

This happens to kids in New Mexico all the time. It sucks. They get all red on the skin all around their lips bc it's dry and they keep licking it. With my son I tell him he cannot lick. NO licking! It makes it so much worse. Then we put on lotion multiple times a day. And I give him some natural lip balm to keep putting on his lips. And I give him a water bottle to take with him and to keep drinking from. Then I just have to remind him to use the lip balm and not to lick! Some people put vaseline on it. I didn't do that but if it had not gotten better I would have done that next. One way I get my kids to drink more often is I bought them camel back backpacks so they can drink water as they are walking. Or else I just am constantly reminding them.

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answers from Indianapolis on

CarMax. It may burn a little at first but it is great for healing and dryness. I use it on my daughter and myself all the time. We both have dry skin. We use it before we go to bed at night as well. CarMax is also good for cuticles. I apply to my cuticles before going to bed. Good luck!!

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answers from Portland on

I would say Vaseline for normal dry lips (just applying overnight).

But I have a son with eczema who gets it very badly around his mouth. So we have prescription creams for that. If it gets really inflamed we also use hydrocortisone cream (also prescribed). Sometimes you have to treat the inflammation first.

I recommend just going in if it's persistent - our doctor knew what to prescribe/recommend once she knew what was causing the dry skin around the mouth and lips.

Good luck :)

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answers from Rochester on

A few years ago I saw something about using raw honey. Unfortunately I can't tell you if it worked. We tried it once and discovered my daughter had an allergy to raw honey and ended up in the ER. I've also heard milk. Aloe Vera and coconut oil are also supposed to help.

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answers from Anchorage on

Rose salve clears it up really quickly, and then a little vaseline just at night to keep them from licking unconsciously while they fall asleep.

You can get small tins of rose salve at bath and body works if you don't have a nature store near you.

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answers from Boise on

I suggest using Lansinoh. It's all natural and you can purchase it at WalMart, Walgreens and many other stores. It's for breastfeeding moms to help with cracked and chapped nipples, but it's awesome for lips, cracked elbows, heels or any other rough areas of skin. It's fine if she licks it, etc... I'd put it on her lips and mouth area at night especially and periodically during the day. There's pretty much no taste or smell and a tiny bit goes a long way. My entire family including my father in law and brother in law have used with great results on their rough/dry/cracked heels and elbows and I used it for breastfeeding and for my kids' chapped/sore lips. Good Luck!!


answers from Norfolk on

Vaseline works wonders.


answers from Erie on

She's dehydrated, she needs to drink more fluids. All the lip balm in the world won't cure the underlying cause. My kids like tea, both black and herbal. We drink it all day long. My daughter used to have terribly dry lips and lip balms weren't working, she also has eczema. Our doctor was the one who told us she was dehydrated and, lo and behold, drinking more solved the problem.


answers from Modesto on

Dry "anything" usually means dehydration. Make sure your daughter is drinking at least 16oz of water daily. Using chapstick and other over the counter lubricants is actually addictive and stops the skin from making it's own oil. I'd dab some coconut oil on her lips and give her a way to have access to it during the day. I used to lick my lips when I was a kid (ive seen pictures of my all the way around pink mouth in old picture albums). I think its sort of a phase kids go through for awhile. It's temporary, but do make sure she's hydrated properly and use the coconut oil, it's a miracle oil with it's own antibiotic. Good luck!



answers from Boston on

Depending on her age honey seems to work....

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