It started in my 4 year old about mid-February; the red chapped lips - but the red spread far around the outside of his mouth, made him look like he had/has "clown lips". He was in Preschool Part Time and it was far worse the days he was there as he was outside for an hour twice a day. They days he was home, I kept lip balm on it and reminded him not to lick his lips all the time, and we didn't go out in the cold as much!
: Lip balm usually helped and it usually cleared by morning.
But... now the cold weather is long gone and his lips are still red EVERY day now. He licks his lips a lot. Could he be allergic to his saliva or something? He's had no real change in his diet other than he is drinking A LOT more Rice Milk than he used to. Sometimes it worsens and turns in to red blotches all around his mouth and up near his nose after he eats certain fruits, like strawberries, mango, pineapple, etc or if he gets tomato sauce on his face. He gets a very red bum from tomatoes, which he loves. His whole face used to rash up when he was an infant if apple sauce was not thoroughly cleaned from his face. He had a yeasty bum rash once as a 2-year old.
The odd thing is that my 1 year old just started getting a rash around his mouth too, so far it's just on the bottom on one side, but that's how my older son's started. They do share juice/water all the time. He is also drooling like mad/teething so I wondered if his is just a "drool rash" if such a thing exists. Tomato sauce and apple sauce make his worse. He's had a few bad bum rashes of late.
Perhaps totally unrelated - my DH has had a "yeast-like" rash in the creases of his legs where his legs meet his torso, near his groin (but not in his groin area) - if that makes sense - on and off for the past 2-3 years. His improves with regular showering/keeping the area dry/cortisone cream.
I have had nothing remotely related to any of this and I am not prone at all to yeast infections, (the only thing I can think of is that I very occasionally had a minor rashy allergic reaction to my own sweat as a teen). Could our family have some kind of yeasty-thing or allergy to our saliva or sweat, or ??? Anyone heard of anything like this?