Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The red lipped Sincess

OK all you moms out there! Kennedy's lips are chapped. Seriously. I put on chapstick, she licks it off. I've tried Vasoline, it didn't help. Any other suggestions on how to cure this:




It's on her bottom lip too... you just can't see it very well. It's cracking and I'm afraid it's going to bleed. Someone must know the magic cure!!!

55 comments :

Kari said...

Try Vicks vaporub, or the off brand-I just can't think of the name right now...sounds crazy but it has worked for us. It also works when your nose gets raw from blowing it too many times.
Good luck!
Kari Mika

Kendra said...

I don't know if she will wake up, but try putting on the vaseline or chapstick after she goes to sleep. It will stay on all night, not get licked off and look better in the morning. Hopefully! Looks so painful! It's so hard to be a sincess! :)

Jennifer said...

I love the Burt's Bees lip balm, and we put it on Aidan right before he climbs into bed. He has some seriously chapped lips at times, too. Good luck, I hope you find something that works...

My name is Sarah said...

The only thing that works with Sarah is ChapStick Overnight Lip Treatment. It is in a small purple tube and comes out in a fine string. It does not have any odor or flavor which bothers Sarah. Although it is called "overnight" we use it all the time even under her nose when she starts to show redness from blowing her nose too much. Not every place carries it - I usually find it at Target or have ordered it from drugstore.com

Lyndi said...

We use Vicks vapor rub. It's too gross to lick off, and it works really fast. Put it on when she's asleep, and it almot works overnight. If you use it during the day, just make sure it's off before she eats or drinks, cause it is really really gross!!

mom2natnkatncj said...

Kaitlyn's lips usually get like that in the winter too. It's awful. I use this stuff called carmax for cold sores. It can burn though. It tastes awful though so I've found Kaitlyn tends to not lick it off. Oh and my new favorite product for chapped skin is aquaphor. I haven't had too many chapped lip problems lately, but it worked great on CJ's diaper rash recently. Nothing else worked.

Me said...

Blistex DCT or Lypsyl seem to stay on better and not get licked off as easily. They also seems to heal the lips faster than traditional chapstick or vaseline. I am sure you are already doing it, but apply overgenerously and often.

Julie said...

The only thing I've found so far is Aquaphor. I smear it on him when he falls asleep.

hjoy said...

Junior has a hard time with chapped lips and Aquaphor works like a charm. His hands also get really dry and we put it on them as well. The other thing I use is carmex.

Cammie Heflin said...

I love Burt Bees or carmex. It's so hard keeping it on our little ones though! Put on a big dose after she falls asleep!

Anonymous said...

My daughter's mouth used to get like that. She would be nervous and lick her lips...a LOT. And it took us a long time to figure out what would make it show up (for her). The ONLY thing that worked on her was Carmex. We tried MANY lip remedies, and this was the only one that worked. It might burn a little since Kennedy's lips are really chapped, but you will notice a difference in 24 hours! We used the tin size to start with, and then when she got older, she used the squeeze tube thingy (like lip gloss). :)
~ becky bustin

Steph said...

Carmex!

Put it on her after she falls asleep. Then put it on again 15 minutes later (because it will soak in right away with really chapped lips). Then again in an hour or so.

Then do it again the next night, same thing. Should be better in a couple of days.

Hoping for her.

Shari said...

Carmex in the twistable tube like Chapstick. With my boys I put it on while they are sleeping. I use the cherry smelling one. That heals it quickly too!

Amy said...

I haven't tried it but I have heard that that Lavinosh (sp?) cream that you use for chapped nipples when breastfeeding also works great on chapped lips. You know it is safe if the kids lick it off too! Good Luck!

Junior Auxiliary of McMinnville said...

I love the Burt's Bees Lipbalm too...but be careful putting it on her because it can be really strong and tingly and kids sometimes complain that it hurts. Try the Dr. Burt's ResQ Ointment...in the green tin. It tastes pretty bad so maybe she won't want to lick it off (but if she does, it's non-toxic).
Honestly, though, I say just put a really thick coat of Vaseline on her lips after she's asleep! Or tell her that "sincesses" don't lick their "lipstick" off. Get some tinted lipbalm and maybe she'll think it's too pretty to lick off!

Anonymous said...

The best is Neosporin -- put it on once she falls asleep at night. It works for me!

Jeanette said...

My oldest had this problem. I would do Neosporin at bedtime and Carmex during the day. He didn't like the taste of Carmex, so quite licking it. BTW, this may sound gross, but if your nose gets raw from a cold, Carmex on it before bed cures it by morning! REALLY!

♥Lisa♥ said...

Lansinoh nipple cream for breastfeeding moms. Helps cracked bleeding nipples and safe for babies to nurse from so it should work great for kennedy!

Tess said...

pawpaw ointment, not sure if you can get it in US but I'm happy to send you a tube. It clears it up in less than a couple of days, even if it is licked off it will stay there because it is thick.
Sheep lanolin works too, but that tastes YUK..
My boys get like that with windburn and the sun, so i always carry pawpaw ointment..good on babies bums too LOL

Lisa & Gerald said...

Try using a little hand cream! It helps !

Lu (Lucille) said...

This might sound odd but there is a possibility she's allergic to the stuff you are putting on. Eden is allergic to lansinoh. I use the same cream we have for eczema and it works a treat!

If your GP can give you a prescription for eczema cream (not the steroidal ones though - those can cause longer term damage than the eczema) it would be worth a try!

Anonymous said...

Aquaphor, it works wonders!
Joany

Kathyb1960 said...

I use Carmex, too, and it works great for me. It stays on, even when I drink something, and it doesn't taste bad. I've never used Vicks on my lips.

I think Carmex would feel good on her poor lips, too!

Good luck!

Kathy in West Texas

musingsfromamommy said...

Burt's Bees is awesome and works great.

narretto said...

I would maybe try carmex definately at night when she is asleep so she cant wipe or lick it off....But first if it is that bad I would try (now I did this last year with one of my girls when her lips looked really bad)...put lansinoh...the stuff moms uses when they are nursing...I think its usually a purple container, it isn't cheap, but if it will help its worth it. It is super thick and worked great when I did it. Just be sure to put it on during the night too.Good luck Poor Sincess.

Tammy said...

My twins have this same problem and it hurts so bad. I use Sephora Lip Balm from Sephora.com during the day and Neosporin at night. They also lick off any chapstik like product but don't lick the Sephora product.

Bethany said...

Carmex or vaseline is what we use.

This might sound bad, but do you brush her teeth everyday? LOL. The only time my kids lips get chapped is when their teeth are not brushed everyday. Like when I was in Russia. Sigh. I came home to chapped lips and knew it was from my sister not brushing their teeth like we did. I learned that causes it when Mason was younger. :)

Karen in Michigan said...

When I had braces my lips were like that only worse...the pharmacist in my small town recommended Utter Balm (used to be in a green square tin). Try Wal-Mart to find it. It really is used by the Farmers for cow's utters but works great on chapped lips or skin...that is why he carried it in his pharmacy! And it really did work!!! If not my dermotologist recommended Aquaphor last winter and I had great luck with that too. Good luck :o)

Jen T. said...

Aquaphor...used it when Em had the binky rash for about 6 months.

Anonymous said...

Desitin... it really works and came pediatrician recommended:-)

amanda said...

a lot of others have suggested it, but i love the burt's bees lip stuff. amelya had that a while ago and it helped get rid of it and keep it away as long as we're consistent putting it on. poor baby!

Lisa Turner said...

Renee,

Mara's lips and face get that way too, and for that matter so does Elijah's. Anyway, we swear by Aquaphor....we put it on right before bed, and if it is really bad I go in after they are asleep and add more....it works wonders! Mara now puts it on herself.

Hugs,
Lisa

Jennifer said...

Definitely Aquaphor~ and you can use it on ANY part of the body!!

Michelle said...

I put Mary Kay's Night Emollsion (sp?) (it's this thick pink stuff) on Matthew's at night and it works for him!

Joy said...

Aquaphor. It works wonders for Katie. She licks her lips constantly so she is always chapped. It's the best thing I've found so far.

Amy said...

Catch her when she is sleeping and put the chapstick on her. The second pic is the saddest pic I've ever seen of her.. but she looks so grown up and beautiful anyway.

McKenna said...

She's so cute! Her hair is adorable! Sorry I don't have any cures...

Charlie Pope said...

i used to get this all the time when i was littler.....E45 is my miracle cure....i live by the stuff lol.
Im in the UK though....not sure whether you have that in the US??

Brandi said...

Aquaphor or Lansinoh or Burt's Bees :)

Burgh Baby said...

Agreeing with whoever mentioned Neosporin. Chapped lips are, after all, little cuts. You can rub Neosporin in a little better, so it's harder to lick off, too.

Jennifer said...

I wanted to add one more thing...Aidan loves routine and is very cooperative about anything routine. We do the lip balm every single night and he knows to expect it and loves it. If it was a novelty there is no way he would tolerate it. You might want to try to make it part of your night time routine.

Violet said...

This will sound weird but, Lanisoh, for chapped nipples of breast feeding Moms! Childrens hospital uses it on kids with really chapped lips. I know this because the litlte boy I was a live in nanny for use to get really chapped lips, he was in the hospital and I stayed a day with him so Mom and Dad could have time with the other kids.... they gave me a sample tube to put on his lips....it totally works! And, as others have said....put it on while she is asleep!

TimandKim said...

Neosporin. I put it on any cut, scratch, chap, or tear. Put as much as you can on at night.

Grecia said...

Don't think anyone else has already suggested this, but Mary Kay makes a cream called Extra Emollient Night Cream. It is wonderful for chapped lips. If you want to try it, I can send you a tube.

Anonymous said...

Hi Renee,

Well you have a whole lot of recommendations to sort through! Here's my two cents:

I'd vote against the Neosporin. Did you know you can't buy a product like it in most other countries around the world? You need a prescription because it's an antibiotic, so if overused (or used in situations where it's not needed -- ie. non-infected cuts, scrapes etc) your body will become used to it and it will basically lose its efficacy.

On the other hand, I agree with the comment about an eczema cream -- as long as you have it (lips)looked at by a doctor/pharmacist first. Chapped lips of that degree can often actually be a fungal/yeast infection (much like bad diaper rash); so it may need an anti-fungal cream (again, ask a pharmacist etc). It makes sense when you think that these types of infections thrive in warm and moist conditions -- all that licking of course!

Whatever you choose, I hope it works quickly and gives your little girl relief!

Anonymous said...

Oops, I meant to mention in my comment (about not using Neosporin etc) that if you can, it is always absolutely the best solution if you can get away with using something like Burt's Bees, E45, Aquaphor or similar products -- stuff without crazy active ingredients or prescription drugs (or flavors/fragrances, too -- avoid strawberry Chapstick etc)! Just so you know, I wasn't trying to push for one product over another or making it sound like you need to take her to a doctor!

Sandy and said...

my mom always used Rosebud Salve on us when we got like that. I know it's an older product and occasionally I'll see it around, but it's not terribly common. It's usually in a round, blue tin. If you come across any, snatch it up!

Anonymous said...

spank or smack her if she licks it off.(just kidding)loloolololoolololol
but hey it could work!!!!!

Ruby said...

Wow. I can so relate to those poor chapped lips. I remember using something by avon, it worked really well; wish I could remember the name.
Anyways, I've been wondering: what is the origin of calling Kennedy "sincess"?

Stacy said...

Booby Cream! The cream that moms use while breast feeding..works wonders for my daughter. We put in on at night and by morning she looks much better!

Lisa's Journal said...

my girls look like this from November to May. I put bacitracin on their lips (or neosporin) AFTER they've gone to sleep (don't have the licking issue) ... it's mostly healed over night depending on how bad they are..

Kacey Bode said...

When Ella falls asleep I slather her face and lips with Aquaphor and she is always cured in the morning. There is no way I can do it while she is awake! However the hair will stick to the cheeks, forehead whatever and look super greasy in the morning so I always pull hers back, and it messes up the sheets, but to me it's better than poor chapped skin and lips!!! I swear by Aquaphor it's magical : )

Crystal said...

I am sure this doesnt sound great and she will probably lick it off but olive oil works great as far as it feeling better :-).

June Berger said...

Bag Balm. I put it on Jonathan's lips/nose and they are almost healed by morning. It's what they use on cow's udders. I KNOW, but it works well, also great for diaper rashes and any other skin irritation. It's in a square green tin, often by pet supply if not in health and beauty. ;o)

waldenhouse said...

Good grief, that girl is adorable!