Your baby may experience chapped lips, which is a common. Remember- your baby’s overall skin and lips are more sensitive and prone to getting dry. Chapped lips on your baby may look concerning but usually does not cause pain or discomfort. Concern for baby chapped lips should occur if there are any signs of dehydration or infection. Dr. Amy and the Baby Pibu team want to help you know the causes of baby chapped lips as well as easy home remedies for baby chapped lips.
When your baby has chapped lips, dehydration may be a concern, and you want to be able to recognize the signs of dehydration. Newborns and young babies may become dehydrated if they don’t intake enough breast milk or formula. Be wary on particularly hot days when your baby may need more liquids. Watch out for a drop in the number of wet diapers and poops as another sign of dehydration. Other significant signs of dehydration include a sunken fontanelle, dry skin, crying without tears, and a faster heart rate.
Other causes of baby chapped lips include:
- Sucking or licking of the lips. Newborns may continue sucking when they are not eating and this continuous sucking can cause the continued saliva exposure to dry out the lips.
- Mouth breathing. The continued air movement in mouth breathing can dry out the lips and cause the lips to chap.
- Infection or Kawasaki disease. If you see that your baby has a more toxic or sick appearance, have your baby seen by the pediatrician to make sure your baby does not have an infection or Kawasaki disease deserving special attention.
There are easy and quick home remedies for baby chapped lips. Consider these easy home remedies as easy available options for you and your baby.
- Breast milk. Coat on a layer of breast milk to your baby’s chapped lips. Your breast milk is special emollient and contains immune properties to help nourish and protect your baby chapped lips.
- Coconut oil. Coconut oil is a must-have to keep in your house. It is one of the best natural moisturizers to apply on both the skin and lips whenever you need it.
- Petroleum jelly/ointment. There are no chemicals in petroleum ointment that your baby can be allergic or irritated to. It is one of the best moisturizers to use on your baby’s skin and lips. Despite what other critics may say, petroleum ointment is a safe moisturizer for your baby.
Who knew you would need a home remedy for baby chapped lips one day? Consider what the cause of the chapped lips may be, and then consider how to make your baby chapped lips better with a simple home remedy!