How To Treat Newborn Dry Lips: Causes, Remedies & More

  • Find out what dry lips look and feel like on newborn babies 
  • Understand the 3 most common causes of dryness in baby’s lips 
  • Know what to do to safely moisturize a baby’s dry lips 
  • Plus, find out if breastmilk can actually help here

Does your newborn have dry lips?

Do you see any chapping on your little one’s lips?

Are there any signs of cracks or bleeding on your newborn’s lips?

If you have noticed any such signs on your little one’s lips and are looking for ways to help and take care of the same, our sections below can give you the information you are looking for. From talking about why your newborn may experience dry lips at such an early stage in life to what it looks or feels like, so that you can identify the signs at the earliest, to some of the most common causes for dry lips in newborns as well as safe and effective methods that will help you take care of the same, we have it all covered here.

So, if you are looking for anything that talks about caring for infant chapped lips, see our sections below.

How do you know if your newborn has dry lips? What does this look and feel like?

Your newborn’s lips will generally be all soft and smooth, but sometimes, with change in weather, or with any type of change in the immediate environment, you may notice some changes in the texture of the lips as well.

  • You may notice your newborn’s lips look dry and there is no shine to them.
  • The skin on the surface of the lips can start to look chapped and flat, and in some cases, tiny cracks may start to appear.
  • In severe cases, you may also notice that the skin on the surface of your newborn’s lips starts to peel out.

3 most common causes of dry lips on newborns and how each causes chapping

Before you begin to panic, remember that it is very natural for newborns to have infant dry lips, and in most of the cases, you can easily take care of this problem at home, with simple, safe and very effective remedies. While it could be caused due to a number of reasons, here are three of the most common reasons that can cause dry lips in a newborn:

1. Dehydration

  • This is one of the most common causes of chapped lips or dry lips in newborns. One of the biggest ways in which your newborn can become dehydrated is if your newborn is not feeding the way he or she needs to do.
  • Initially, if your newborn is having problems with feeding, or for any reason is not taking in as much feed as is required, it could also lead to dehydration. For instance, if your newborn is sleeping most of the time and is missing out on a few of the feeding sessions, the amount of water content in your newborn’s body will fall below what is required, and it could lead to dehydration.
  • Also, if your newborn is not feeding properly, it could eventually lead to a deficiency of certain types of nutrients in the body, which can also cause dry and chapped lips.
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2. Dry weather

  • If your newborn is in a place where the weather is extreme, especially if it is too hot or too cold, that could also lead to the problem of chapped and dry lips.
  • If the weather is especially dry, your newborn may lose a lot of moisture from the skin, and also from the skin that is present on the lips. As a result, it can lead to dehydration, and you may notice some of the skin starting to peel off.
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3. Too much exposure to wind

  • Being exposed to too much wind can also tend to take out the moisture from your newborn’s skin, and as a result, you may notice that your newborn’s lips are cracked and chapped.
  • This can happen in any type of extreme weather conditions, such as when the weather is too hot and there are dry winds blowing, or when the weather is too cold and there are very cold dry winter winds blowing.
newborn dry lips

What can you do to safely treat your newborn’s dry lips? 

Here are some of the natural ways in which you can help to take care of your newborn’s dry and chapped lips. While these remedies are known to be effect in a safe way, without causing any side effects for your little one, it is still best to first have a word with your baby’s paediatrician before you do so.

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1. Use a lanolin based cream: 

  • Lanolin is a type of wax that is secreted by animals who bear wool and is also known as wool grease or wool wax.
  • You can get it in the market in the form of lanolin creams at most of the pharmacies or even in regular retail stores.
  • Most of these are also available as nipple creams for breastfeeding mothers. Make sure you check with your baby’s doctor about buying and using it first.

2. Using breast milk as a natural remedy: 

  • Once you have finished feeding your newborn, you can take a bit of the breastmilk on your finger tips and gently massage it on your baby’s lips.
  • This will help to moisturize and hydrate your baby’s tender lips and will also help to loosen out any peeling skin that may be there.
  • It also helps to prevent any cracks or cuts from appearing due to severe dryness, which will further help to avoid any form of infection.

3. Using virgin olive oil:

  • Yet another natural, safe and effective remedy that you can try to treat your newborn’s dry or chapped lips is olive oil.
  • You can take a tiny amount of olive oil on a clean cotton ball or cotton pad and apply it gently on your newborn’s lips. Make sure you do not rub the cotton over the lips, but gently dab it on, so that you don’t end up hurting your newborn’s sensitive lips.

Will breast milk help to treat dry lips in your newborn? 

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Breast milk is actually one of the most effective, natural, simple and safest remedies that can help you treat your baby’s chapped and dry lips. Breast milk is known to have extremely moisturizing properties in a very natural way, without causing any kind of side effects. When you apply this on your baby’s chapped or dry lips, or even on your newborn’s cracked lips, it can soothe the skin and treat the problems of dryness, chapping and skin peeling.

Can you use lip balm or petroleum jelly to treat newborn’s chapped lips?

Even though you can easily use a lip balm or petroleum jelly to treat the problem of dry and chapped lips in your case, if it is for your newborn, it is definitely not recommended that you do so. No matter what brand you want to use and no matter how natural the ingredient list is, it is best to avoid putting on any petroleum jelly or lip balm on your newborn’s lips, for the simple fact that your baby will end up licking it.

If you have tried everything else and nothing seems to help, please get your newborn examined by a paediatrician and ask them for the right way to take care of your newborn’s dry and chapped lips.

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