Lip balm protects tissue-irritated skin
We've got a twofer on lip balm hacks!
Megan's smart workaround during cold season:
My 2-year-old caught the inevitable winter cold and had a very runny nose. Despite my best efforts using premium tissues and warm wet washcloths to keep his face relatively snot-free without irritating his skin, his nose, upper lip, and cheeks still chapped. He hated having lotion applied to his face so I gave him his very own tube of lip balm (orange-flavored) and let him go to town covering the lower half of his face with it. I clearly labeled the lip balm as his and kept it near the tissues. After each nose-wipe he got to use his lip balm and he loved it. His chapped skin cleared overnight and as a bonus, he smelled like oranges!
And Catherine found lip balm works well as "thumb balm," too:
My eight-month-old son sucks his thumb, and he's not picky about left or right. (His twin sister prefers a binky.) But now that it's winter and the air is dry, his thumbs are getting chapped and cracked. I slathered them with baby moisturizer but of course he sucked it all off right away. So then I slathered them with unflavoured lip balm. It's made for lips, which are often wet, right? So it's waxy enough to withstand repeated sucks. The chapping has healed and he can suck without causing further damage.