Parents often become worried about things that might happen or are happening to their child. Everyday activities frighten a parent thinking that something bad may occur especially for first-time parents. A simple cold can be fearsome if it is experienced for the first time. I bet a new parent would see a doctor right away then will be asked to return home assuring that a lot of rest and proper hydration should do the trick. Sometimes even while playing, a scraped knee happens and a parent gets worried if the knee or any bone is broken for that matter. Even in their sleep we often think if they are getting enough ventilation. Or are they cold? Or is it too hot?
A lot of things will be experienced by a first-time parent. A few things to be worried about but a lot will often be brushed off and just be charged to experience. It is important for every parent to know how to address what their child is experiencing or is telling them. Observe your child especially those who can’t speak just yet. As a parent, I can fully relate to it. Winter came. This is my favorite season as a child. I did not realize that this beautiful change in the weather can be a frightening experience. I have just experienced seeing my child in pain. I wondered what happened and I searched frantically for it. My child tried to tell me where the discomfort was coming from. I tried to understand what he was telling me and found that his lips was chapped and is actually beginning to bleed. Have your child experienced this? Are your little ones’ lips chapped? Should you worry? How would you treat them? Or better yet prevent them? Continue reading on and I will share with you what I have learned.
What causes chapped lips?
There are a lot of factors that causes chapped lips. One common factor and as I have experienced is the weather. All year long, changes in the weather, not just the winter, trigger changes in the surrounding. It may be the scorching heat of summer or in our case the cool breeze of winter that makes the air less humid. This can dry our skin more so our little ones’ and not only that it can definitely cause their lips to dry and break.
Oftentimes it can also be caused when your little ones lick their lips often. Excessive moisture peels a layer of soft skin in the lips causing it to break easily. While others have a cold and stuffy nose thereby breathes through their mouths. The air dries the mouth especially the lips causing it to break. Some more serious factors include dehydration and allergic reaction to something they ate or exposed to.
Just like me, parents often worry but typical chapped lips pass in time and heal by itself. Meanwhile, some mothers put petroleum jelly or lip balms including Baby Chapstick. While it works for us adults, I will explain in detail that Baby Chapstick should be your last option to administer to your child since it is not safe.
What is in Baby Chapstick?
Its ingredients are Arachidyl propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, fragrance, isopropyl linoleate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, menthol, methylparaben, octyl dodecanol, paraffin, phenyl dimethicone, propylparaben, red 6 lakes, saccharin, white wax.
Some ingredients are familiar while funny enough, some are hard to pronounce!
Let us look into a popular ingredient, Camphor. According to Medscape, “Ingestion of even small doses of camphor can cause fatal poisoning in small children. It produces gastrointestinal and central nervous system irritation after toxic ingestion. Nausea and vomiting followed by agitation and seizures are common.” That is just one of the ingredients! Stressing that in even small doses camphor can be fatal. After reading that, why would you allow your child to use anything with camphor?
Won’t cetyl alcohol, isopropyl linoleate, isopropyl myristate and menthol dry your lips even more? Have you noticed that while Baby Chapstick moisturizes your lips, after a few minutes if feels dry again only prompting you to apply more? Did you? Then did it dry out again? – Marketing strategy.
While fragrance sounds familiar, I have researched that when it is listed as an ingredient, you can definitely assume it is synthetic. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) reports that “95% of the ingredients used to create fragrances today are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum, including benzene derivatives, aldehydes, and many other known toxins and sensitizers.” No more products with fragrances come from flower extracts.
It is highly risky to put artificial ingredients or chemicals, especially in your child’s mouth as they will end up ingesting some of it.
Let’s look at Lanolin. Lanolin is a more natural ingredient compared to the rest. Other names for lanolin is wool wax or wool grease. You have guessed it. It comes from sheep’s wool. In other products, lanolin can be found in lubricants, shoe polish, and rust preventive coatings and it is extensively used for beauty products and cosmetics it is also popularly used in nipple creams used to heal and prevent nipple cracks for breastfeeding mothers. While it is proven effective please remember that it is made from wool. Hence, those who has allergic reactions when they come in contact with wool should prevent any product with lanolin at all costs. Read the label!
After much research, I have then opted to get away with these chemicals and create one of my own. A lot of research and a few experiments got me an answer to chapped lips that works well for my child and is from all natural ingredients hence safe. I will share with you a recipe for a do-it-yourself lip balm that I have tried. All ingredients are natural. It is easy to make and effective but I recommend that you research and read through the ingredients for better understanding and to be sure that you have no allergic reaction to them.
How to make the baby chapstick with the natural components for babies
Ingredients: Beeswax, Coconut oil, honey, vitamin e capsules and essential oils (optional).
- Beeswax is our main ingredient. It will act as the moisturizer but the most important role that it will play is that it is the one which will give your lip balm its body and form so that it can be applied.
- Coconut oil compared to petroleum products does not coat, smoothens and moisturizes your lip deep down. It activates the skin lipids which hold onto moisture and promotes hydration.
- Honey holds onto water molecules. Again, promoting hydration.
- Vitamin E is good for your skin. It is the vitamin that our skin uses the most.
- Proportion: You will need 1 tablespoon beeswax, 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil, a small amount of honey, and 2 vitamin E capsules.
- Procedure: Melt the beeswax. Add coconut oil and honey. When it’s all blended add the contents of 2 vitamin E capsules. Pour into a container, let cool, and apply away!
It is as easy as 1, 2, and 3!
However, if you have no access to such ingredients or just do not have the time to make one your own, I recommend that you still try a natural approach. Some use coconut oil solely. For breastfeeding mothers, another approach would be to feed your breastfed child more often. Not only does it soothes your child’s discomfort or address his dehydration, it will necessarily prevent his lips from drying out even more.
Use whatever works for you and your child. Remember prevention is always better than cure.
As long as you determine what is causing them, it will help you avoid the problem moving forward. Humidifiers at home help keep our homes humid. Address the situation if it is caused by a stuffy nose, dehydration or allergic reaction and you’ll be able to help your child get over it quickly.
Baby Chapstick is not recommended.