Extra Care For Chapped Cheeks And Lips In Babies

Extra Care For Chapped Cheeks And Lips In Babies

6 Jan 2022 | 2 min Read

Dr Rahul Khatri

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Having a rosy-cheeked and rosy-lipped baby is cute, but not when redness and swelling are a result of skin dryness. Chapping is a condition, when the skin develops cracks, becomes sore, rough, and starts peeling.

It is a common condition to all age groups during harsh weather. But for babies, the weather is not the only reason. Babies can develop chapped lips and cheeks due to friction while breastfeeding, frequent/ excessive licking of lips, dehydration, or long exposure to sunlight.

Babies tend to suffer from such chapping as their skin is super sensitive and yet developing.

Chappy cheeks and lips, if not taken care of, can get painful for the babies and can also ooze out the blood at times. This can lead to irritation, fussiness and can also harm the baby’s sleeping and feeding habits.

Here are a few things to consider to prevent and treat chapping of lips and cheeks in your babies safely:

  • Apply breastmilk on the chapped lips. The nutrients in the breast milk help the cracked lips heal faster.
  • Use coconut oil to moisturize your baby’s lips and cheeks.
  • Use organic or baby-safe products to moisturize the baby’s lips.
  • Moisturize your baby’s skin at equal time intervals with natural-based products or petroleum gel.
  • Do not use harsh moisturizers on your baby’s skin as they only provide temporary moisturization and can leave the skin dry after a few hours.
  • Wrap/ cover your baby well in dry or cold weather to protect your baby’s skin.
  • Regularly pay attention to your baby’s skin to prevent such conditions.
  • Be extra careful with the products you use on the baby’s lips as they are prone to ingesting it. Irrespective of how small the quantity of the product is, it can affect the baby’s developing gut.




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