We have all been there, the lovely diaper rash. The dreaded diaper changes and fussy baby that will not cooperate. Not every diaper rash is the same, which can be very frustrating for parents, and not every diaper cream will give the needed relief.
What is Diaper Rash?
Before you go and buy several different types of diaper creams, you need to know what to look for in a diaper rash. There are four common types of diaper rash:
- Irritant dermatitis – The most common diaper rash. This is caused by skin becoming irritated from being in contact with a soiled or wet diaper. The symptoms include redness or swelling in and around the diaper area. This type of diaper rash is also seen when children start eating solids, take note of any foods that affect your child’s bottom.
- Candida dermatitis – A fancy name for yeast. This rash is seen in the folds of the skin in the diaper area and commonly forms as red patches. Your child could have white or yellow discharge along with itching. If you suspect a yeast infection, check your child’s mouth for thrush as well.
- Allergic dermatitis – The least common type of diaper rash is your child being allergic to the diaper or wipes itself. This type of rash may take time to pinpoint the source through elimination of each product separately.
- Bacterial dermatitis – Strep and staph infection are the most common bacterial infection. A strep infection is a bright red rash and they may also have blood in their stool. A staph infection could cause pus filled blisters to form with a red rash. These are serious infections and your child will need to be seen by a pediatrician.
How To Help Prevent Diaper Rash
Diaper rash is very common and most all babies will have it at least once in their lifetime. However, there are a few routine habits you can incorporate to help prevent diaper rash.
- Change your child’s diaper often. The longer your child is in a wet or soiled diaper, the more of a chance they have to develop a rash.
- No wipes with alcohol/fragrance. Natural wipes or plain warm water works best.
- Apply ointment or cream barrier at each diaper change. For children with sensitive skin, this is a must.
- Do not over tighten diapers. Over tightened diapers do not allow for proper air flow and increases chaffing.
- Going commando. Having a dry bottom is the best prevention. Let your child have diaper-free time.
Diaper Rash Creams/Ointments
Best Maximum Strength
This is my go to when my daughter shows any sign of a diaper rash starting. After the first use, I can always tell a difference in the amount of redness. With some brands, the cream/ointment may rub off on the diaper and be a waste of time and money. With having 40% zinc oxide, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Maximum Strength starts to work on contact and forms the thickest barrier compared to other name brands. It contains no harsh ingredients which is ideal for your baby’s sensitive skin. Boudreaux’s has been trusted and recommended by Pediatricians for over 40 years.
Best For Everyday
This product was recommended to me by my Pediatrician after my daughter had a terrible diaper rash. It was the middle of July in the South, my poor girl did not stand a chance against the terrible heat. I saw results in 24 hours after applying this ointment at every diaper change. Flander’s Buttock Ointment has become my everyday diaper cream since that horrible day in July 2019. Unlike other creams/ointments, a little goes a long way with this product. If I know my daughter will be outside or having an upset tummy, I will apply a thicker coat to give her bottom extra protection.
The only downside to Flander’s Buttock Ointment is most pharmacies do not keep the product in stock.
Best For Cloth Diapers
Parents looking for a cloth diaper safe cream/ointment need to give BALM! Baby Diaper Balm a try. BALM products are 100% organic, vegan, cruelty free and plastic free. This balm is a favorite among cloth diapering moms. It is cloth diaper safe, creates a barrier to keep moisture away from babies skin and will not cause repelling. Other creams/ointments will create a repellent like barrier on the cloth diaper and cause absorbency issues.
BALM Baby Diaper Balm is not only just for diaper rash. It can be used for cuts, sunburn, dry skin, eczema, and anything else you can think of.
Best For Everything
For an all-around product, I recommend Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment. Being hypoallergenic and fragrance free, makes for a great product to use on dry skin, minor scratches and even drool rash. Aquaphor does not contain zinc oxide for fast acting relief, but the petrolatum will help create a barrier on babies skin along with helping to moisturize and protect their skin.
The only complaint I, and other users have experienced, is the product is very greasy.
Best For Sensitive Skin
Triple Paste has personally been recommended by a close friend. This is the only product that helped her daughter’s diaper rash clear up in just a few applications. Triple Paste is a fast working, fragrance free, hypoallergenic and a thicker consistency to keep the ointment on your child’s skin and not the diaper. If you are not completely satisfied with the product, Triple Paste offers a money-back guarantee. The amount of zinc oxide may be less than other competitor creams/ointments, but with other ingredients as white petrolatum, corn starch and beeswax it helps make this a supreme formula over the rest.
Best For Open Sores or Severe Rash
When my daughter had her terrible diaper rash in July 2019, I almost bought Ilex Paste to have for future diaper rash emergencies. She was starting to develop small cuts and open sores on her bottom from her acidic bowel movements caused by teething. Luckily, I caught her diaper rash in time and have not had any diaper rash issues since.
Ilex Paste is used as a barrier applied directly to an open wound or sore. You must let the paste dry for one minute before apply your diaper cream of choice on top. If you do not apply the product correctly, the diaper will stick to the paste. Trust me, both you and your baby will not be happy about that diaper change.