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HELP! My daughter keeps licking around her lips!

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For over a month now we have been batteling with my 3 year old to stop licking around her lips. First it was on top and now it is below. It is an ugly dry redness that looks awful and won't go away! I've been trying aquaphor among other ointments. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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I don't know how to get her to stop other than keep reinforcing NO.  At this point it may be a battle of wills, you want her to stop and she wants to push your button.  As far as the dry redness, try lotions or chapsticks.  Chapsticks will probably last longer on the area, most go on clear and will provide that layer of protection.  I wouldn't use lip gloss, I would go for something like chapstick or nivea, just regular so it doesn't have the color tint to it. 
My brother did that really bad when he was little and the only way my mom got him to stop was to stop telling him not to do it. It got so bad then that he saw he didn't want to do it any more. For the redness and burning she used carmex on it. I would try the burt's bees wax chap stick because its really good for dry chapped lips. Any chapstick that is for chapped lips should help atleast some. Good luck :)
Don't use any chapstick that is nice! My daughter did it, so I bought the nasiest, stinkiest, gross tasting stuff I could find, and put it all around her lips. It helped with the dry/red problem, and it was no nasty, she wouldn't lick it, and didn't want it on. Finally she understood that if she didn't lick her lips, she didn't get the goo, and she stopped! I can't remember what brand it was, but it was like a medicated blistex or something, but was safe for kids. If you really want to get it done, get fish oil or flax oil. Both great for the skin, and the kid (good omega 3s!). If that doesn't make them stop, I don't know what would!
I believe that in some cases, it may show a sensory processing issue, which in turn can be caused by other problems (including gluten and casein absorption problem). I do not know how frequent it is, but it may be worth looking into it, if there are other strange (self-stimulating) behaviors also.

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