The Scoop on Diaper Creams

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Take this advice for what it's worth, what works for one baby may not work for another but it's good to know stuff. Here is a bit of good to know information on how diaper creams work.

Most diaper creams act like  "barrier creams". They act as a "barrier" between your baby's skin and the diaper and will also contain some soothing or healing ingredients.

Petrolatum products  - These creams look clear, like "Vaseline," instead of the white zinc oxide. Petrolatum is good for protecting against diaper rashes and it is less messy than zinc oxide. Petrolatum ointments is great for protecting all types of irritated skin, not just diaper rashes.

Creams for mild to moderate diaper rash:

Zinc oxide - This is the main ingredient in most commercial diaper creams, such as Balmex, Desitin, and Zincofax.   Compared to the creams for preventing rashes above, zinc oxide is "stickier" than petrolatum and will last longer as a barrier between your baby's skin and the diaper. These various creams will also have other soothing ingredients.  I like these creams for the mild to moderate rash. They can be found in most grocery stores and pharmacies. My personal favourite is Zincofax, because it works great and doesn't have a strong smell. It's important to experiment to find the best product for your baby, because every baby's skin is different, so one product may work better for your baby.

Recommended products:

  1. Zincofax
  2. Vaseline ( cheap and works great!)
  3. Desitin
  4. Burt's bees Diaper Cream)
  5. Aveeno's  Soothing Relief Diaper Cream
  6. Palmer's Bottom Butter
  7. A-D Original Diaper Cream
  8. Butt Paste (Bourdreaux's)

1 comment:

Angela said...

If you need a really strong Barrier Cream use the Extra strength Zincofax. It has 40% zinc, which not many products can claim. I have used many different kinds, but the more zinc the better has definately worked for us - and I have a child that had horrible problems with it. I swear by it and recommend it to everyone!

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