How to Choose the Best Diaper Rash Ointments for Your Baby
Choosing diaper rash ointments is simpler then it looks.
Which one is right? What
one will work the best? What kind of diaper rash does my child have?
We’ve got some terrific suggestions for you to try, based on what other
parents have found works really well. Rest assured that diaper rash is
common and not a reflection of your skill as a parent with 50% of
babies suffering from diaper rash once every two months.
Diaper Rash Ointments: Overview
There are so many diaper rash ointments on the market these days it’s
hard to know what to choose. You hate to spend good money on something
you will not use or that does not work – but – where do you start?
Often the best place to begin your search for an ointment or cream that
works is by searching on line and finding out what others have used.
Diaper Rash Picture also
referred to as Diaper Dermatitis Source: Principles of Pediatric Dermatology
Keep in mind that just because one cream or ointment worked
people, it does not always mean that it will work for you. Your baby’s
sensitive skin is unique, and you may go through several types of
creams and ointments before you find one that works. We have some great
ideas for you listed below.
If your baby has
fever or is lethargic, if the rash is getting progressively worse each
day, if the rash causes pain (called cellulites), if yellow
or puss filled pustules form, or if it does not
begin to heal in 2 to 3 days, see your Doctor.
What Causes Diaper Rash and How to Protect Your Babys Skin
Causes and Symptoms of Diaper Rash
Common diaper rash symptoms include red pimples and red
skin that feels rough to the touch. Pimples can become infected and
develop whiteheads or raw spots, which requires treatment by a Doctor
and prescription cream.
Babies that are older can develop the following types of diaper rash
caused by urine coming in contact with the skin:
Diaper Rash: This rash looks more severe in skin
Diaper Rash with fever and puss filled pimples: This is a
diaper rash with the staphylococcus germ. See a Doctor if
this occurs for a prescription product and antibiotic
diaper rash: Bright red or pink spots surrounded by
pimples in specific
areas or joined together. If you don't see improvement, you
may need a prescription from a doctor which contains ingredients such
as nystatin, miconazole micatin or
Other causes include sweating or chaffing and rubbing. allergic
reaction to a type of diaper or an allergic reaction to the ingredients
in the diaper rash ointment.
bottom line is that diaper rash occurs when there is too much moisture
in the diaper area. The key is to keep the area
dry. All that may be
needed is an extended period of time without wearing a diaper, which
could clear a mild rash with no other treatment needed. It's
a good idea to wait a few moments in between diaper changes to make
sure that the
area is dry.
Tip: Try a
super-absorbent diaper to pull moisture from baby's skin and more
frequent diaper changes to keep the area dry.
How to Choose Diaper Rash Ointments:
In general, to protect baby's bottom, diaper rash ointments should
contain zinc oxide and/or petroleum jelly in a thick cream.
They do not have to be reapplied with each changing if the
cream is still in place (follow the manufacturers direction). Be gentle
when applying to avoid causing more irritation.
ingredients are based on the preferences of the parent and what proves
to be effective on your baby and that do not cause any type of allergic
Tip: Try not to use
powder based products as this can trap moisture.
For instance, ask yourself some of these questions to help you focus
Do you like a nicely scented cream, lotion or balm?
Can your child handle scented products?
Do you prefer creams over gels?
Balms over lotion?
Lotion over cream?
Do you want a product that does not stain?
Do you want a product that is easy to use and easy to
Personal experience is a gold mine when it comes to recommending a
diaper rash ointment, so we are offering you our best choices based on
our own trials of diaper rash ointments and from our own research using
Tip: A soothing
oatmeal baby bath can help with a painful diaper rash.
suspect there will be at least one cream or lotion that you and your
baby will love. As an added bonus, you can even make your own if you
wish. We have information on that at the end of this list.
Diaper Rash Ointments: Suggested Brands
That said, there are some old standbys that have proven effective over
This is the best selling and most recommended diaper rash ointment.
Creamy Zinc-oxide formulation is just what is needed for
Ointment: Uses a combination of zinc-oxide and petroleum
jelly in an ointment that is highly regarded and effective.
Lansinoh: pure lanolin cream helps
sore bottoms. It starts as a white cream, but becomes clear
as you rub it in.
These chemical free choices are ideal for baby rashes since irritated
and cracked skin is more likely to absorb any chemicals.
Distress Cream: A homeopathic cream for parents that prefer
natural products. Contains ingredients such as Zinc cream in
addition to specially selected herbs known for skin support.
It's the perfect way to avoid harmful chemicals as it doesn't
Diaper Rash Ointments
such as this one start with zinc cream as a base, the most recommended
diaper rash ingredient, combined with selected natural herbs to support
Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy –
clean smell and softens in your
hands. Just skim off a small amount and apply. Slightly oily to keep
moisture away from baby’s butt.
Home Remedies for Diaper Rash
The simplest home remedy for diaper rash is simply to use a washcloth
soaked in warm water (or squirt bottle if the baby's skin is too
sensitive). Dab at the area and keep the diaper off of the baby until
the baby's bottom dries. Use a hair dryer set on cool to dry
the skin if necessary.
As an alternative, you can make your own cream in the palm of your hand
with zinc oxide, white
petroleum jelly, acid mantle (or Lansinoh – lanolin) and aluminum
We hope that you find which of these diaper rash ointments work best for you.
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