Newborn babies sometimes get dry skin, and their lips may appear chapped as their skin adjusts to the environment outside the womb.
Several home remedies can help moisturize their lips and ease any discomfort.
It is common for a newborn's lips to appear more dry and red than an older baby's, but this is unlikely to cause any signs of pain or discomfort.
It may occasionally seem that chapped lips are uncomfortable for a newborn, but this symptom is not usually a cause for concern.
If a baby has chapped lips but seems comfortable and is feeding well, caregivers may choose to monitor them for other symptoms and mention it to their pediatrician at the next visit.
If chapped lips seem to bother a baby, caregivers can try out a range of gentle, effective home remedies to relieve this symptom.
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If other symptoms are also present, chapped lips can suggest an underlying condition, such as an infection or dehydration. If a newborn baby has chronic chapped lips or other symptoms, it is best to see a doctor to rule out any serious causes.
° By Bethany Cadman