A baby’s skin is very sensitive skin, so much so that it almost feels like it would spoil even at just a harsh touch! A diaper rash, on that sensitive skin, would be nothing less than a nightmare for your little one, and neither would it be a delight for you.
A diaper rash is very easy to identify. It is when your baby’s diaper area is red, irritated, warm at the touch, and perhaps bumpy. In some cases, however, it could even be in the form of open, sore cuts. While the serious diaper rashes need to be paid urgent attention by a professional paediatrician, the minor diaper rashes are as easy to deal with as they are to identify.
What Causes A Diaper Rash?
You might believe that you are using the best, most absorbent diapers of the highest quality cotton or similar fabric. However, it is not just the diaper material or frequent changing of diapers that cause a diaper rash. Since a baby’s skin is so sensitive and supple, even the fragrances of a diaper can cause the rash. The natural acids developed by the body in a baby’s excretion and even antibiotics or a baby’s diet can cause a rash in the diaper area.
How Can A Diaper Rash Be Avoided?
There cannot be an absolute measure that will guarantee the avoidance of a diaper rash. This is because each baby’s skin and sensitivity vary to major extents. However, changing your baby’s diapers frequently and using a diaper rash cream as a protective barrier could be some remedies. Changing the diaper and using a diaper rash cream also helps to keep the moisture out of the baby’s diaper area.
At times, you may feel that the rash has rather aggravated but not as much that you need a doctor. In a case like such, you can also relieve the baby by letting them be diaper free for some time. This will help some fresh air access the diaper area and keep the dampness of a diaper away from already aggravated skin.
What Is A Diaper Rash Cream Made Of?
The most common ingredient found in a diaper cream is zinc oxide. Zinc oxide works as a barrier against moisture since it is insoluble in water. The researchers at Environmental Working Group rate products on a scale of 1-10 on the basis of the quality of ingredients in the product. The rating system works on a range of low to high hazard, 1 being the lowest and 10 the highest.
Here at Parenthood, we have curated a list of best diaper rash creams for 2020-
Also included is the Environmental Working Group rating for most of these creams!
1.Desitin Diaper Rash Paste
Priced at about 6$, the Desitin diaper rash paste is reviewed as one of the best maximum-strength diaper rash creams on the internet. This diaper rash cream is made with maximum strength and contains about 40 percent zinc oxide, the strongest percentage available in any over-the-counter diaper rash treatment. Supposed to work like an SOS treatment for even the most miserable looking diaper rashes, this one has an EWG rating of 4.
2.GroVia’s Magic Stick All Natural Diaper Ointment
Priced at about 15$, mammas cannot stop raving about this cream for a fact that it is just so mess-free! Made in a twist-up tube format (like a glue stick), this cream saves you all the trouble that comes with otherwise thick, gooey, paste-like creams. You can apply this ointment on your baby’s rashes without dirtying even a little bit of your hands! GroVia’s Magic Stick is all-natural, colourless, free of petroleum, and one of the most convenient tubes out there! EWG rating is currently unavailable for this cream.
3.Boudreaux's Butt Paste Maximum Strength Diaper Cream
At about 7$ in price, this cream was specially created by a pharmacist himself who wanted only the safest product for his own babies. Also with 40% zinc oxide, this cream is free of dyes, parabens, talc, and preservatives. Besides, they also make a natural version that does not contain petroleum jelly and is made with Aloe Vera as its primary ingredient. EWG has rated the non-natural version of the cream a decent 3.
4.The Honest Company Diaper Rash Cream
At about 8$, this cream is a plant and mineral-based cream is an ideal pick for kids with extra-sensitive skin. With a perfect EWG rating of 1, this cream really is honest as it is 100 percent organic and is NSF certified. Only extra-ordinary products that meet the strict safety and health guideline actually get this certification from NSF. The cream is made with shea butter, jojobam, tamanu, and coconut oils. All of these soothing ingredients also work together to reduce rash inflammation.
5.Earth Mama Organic Diaper Balm
Steeper in price than some of the other diaper rash creams on the list, at about 13$, this cream is still cheaper than the magic stick diaper cream but it does stand up to its cost. Here’s why- this cream does not only save the day from diaper rashes, but also, other ailments that a baby is vulnerable to. It effectively treats diaper rashes but also takes care of burns, cuts, scrapes, and bug bites. Formulated with the goodness of organic oils, herbal extracts, and botanicals, this diaper rash cream is really non-stick and can be used by baby’s parents and siblings for minor cuts too. The best parts yet? This also is rated 1 by EWG and even a small bottle of this calm goes a very, very long way.
6.Triple Paste Medicated Ointment
Priced at 10$, this cream is spoken of highly in terms of it being a fast-action cream. The cream is made in the same composition and formulation like that of prescription diaper creams and could be called your hack for sore bottoms. The cream is hypoallergenic, odourless, of really thick paste-like consistency and is rated 2 by EWG.
7.Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy
Falling in the same price bracket as that of Earth Mama Organic Diaper Balm, this cream will be of specific interest to parents who use cloth diapers instead of shop-bought diapers. It is so because the formula of this diaper rash cream does not stain or leave any build-up behind after use. The cream is oily, jelly-like in consistency and creates a breathable barrier of protection against moisture and does stay put until the next diaper change. For the best part yet, just like the Earth Mama Organic Diaper balm, it can be used for other purposes like chapped skin, minor cuts and eczema too! However, the EWG rating is not available for this diaper rash cream.
Save your baby and yourself the pain of miserable diaper rashes. Using a diaper rash cream not in the list and would recommend it to other mammals? Leave a comment below!