Recently, my son had the worst diaper rash pop up out of nowhere. We attributed it to a pesky little tooth trying to surface.. We were a few days into our battle when I picked him up from daycare to find him absolutely wailing because his butt hurt so bad. Enough was enough. I would not let my little man suffer! We headed straight to Target and this is what I grabbed:
- Lanolin and Petrolatum based, Diaper Rash Ointment. Comparable to A+D Original Ointment
- Maximum Strength Diaper Rash Paste with 40% Zinc. Comparable to Desitin Maximum Strength Diaper Rash Paste and the same amount of active ingredient in Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Maximum Strength.
- Petrolatum based Baby Healing Ointment. Comparable to Baby Aquaphor Healing Ointment.
- Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Soothing Bath Treatment with Colloidal Oatmeal
I mostly went with the Target brand for everything given that I didn’t know what was going to work for him yet.
Prior to my shopping trip, I had tried:
The Burt’s Bees 2 in 1 Diaper Cream and Baby Powder is an awesome product but is better suited for preventing diaper rash and I think the Zinc based products were irritating my sons bum more..
When we got home from Target, my first step was to start a bath with the Aveeno Baby Bath Treatment. My biggest hope for this product is that it would be soothing on his sore skin and give him some relief. My husband has Eczema and sensitive skin so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give it a shot. While in the tub, my son was finally happy as a clam and didn’t seem to have any discomfort so from that standpoint, I think it served it’s purpose.
After his bath, I laid an old, loved quilt out on the living room floor so my son could crawl around and air out without his diaper for a while. After about an hour, I applied the Petrolatum based Baby Healing Ointment, a little baby powder on top so his diaper didn’t stick to him and put him to bed.
I took the next day off from work, I was on a mission to beat this diaper rash and give my baby some relief. I alternated between using the Lanolin and Petrolatum based Diaper Rash Ointment (Similar to A+D Original Ointment) and the Petrolatum based Baby Healing Ointment (Similar to Baby Aquaphor) and let him air out in between diaper changes. I avoided using the Zinc based products because like I mentioned, I think they were irritating my skins son more.
By the end of the day, Oakes diaper rash had improved by leaps and bounds and his daycare ladies were impressed at how well we were able to tackle it in a day. As the redness and sore healed and he no longer needed the ointments, I used a cornstarch based baby powder to keep the area dry to prevent a relapse.
What works for one baby doesn’t always work for all. Getting advice on what works from others is great. If you have a tried-and-true method or product for getting rid of your son or daughters diaper rash, please share it here!