Toddlers wont quit licking his lips, need help plz
My son, who will be five yrs old in June, has some serious chap sores around his lips and cheek areas. We know it's from him constantly licking his lips and wiping the areas with his arms. It's a daily battle, because we apply Neosporin at night when he's asleep and it will look better in the morning, but then he's at it again, and it's horribly red and peeling at bed time. He mildly understands not to do it, but seems to be unaware of it when he does it. He'll stop doing it if we bring it to his attention. We also don't want to take him outside, knowing the cold air will make it worse. We're out of ideas, anyone have a suggestion? Thanks in advance
When he had his last checkup, it was suggested that we use Petroleum Jelly at night to encourage healing. However, the case was much milder at the time. The jelly does work, but it seems to be getting worse overall, kind of like we're taking two steps back for every step forward. Part of the problem is getting the jelly on, as he does wake up half the time, and wipes it off instantly. During the times where we get it on two or three nights in a row, it makes a difference, but one night missed or an outside session of playing, and we're back to step one. I was hoping there was a secret remedy or a suggestion that we haven't done yet.
I agree that symptom control may be the only useful approach right now. There is an outside possibility that the behavior is a motor tic. Ask yuor doctor about that. If it is a tic, it invites evaluation by a pediatric neurologist.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.