When Elise, my oldest, was 9 months old. She got her first diaper rash. It was one of the first times she was in pain and I was clueless on what to do. I called the doctor and they prescribed her a cream, but after a couple of days, the rash only got worse. Every time I changed her diaper she cried and screamed in a way I had never heard. I knew I had to do something fast.
I scoured the internet for help. Every time I came across an “easy” homemade cream, it looked far from it… essential oils, beeswax, cook it down…WHAT?!
Then I came upon some ingredients that seemed doable. This cream has worked so effectively on all my kids that no one has ever had a rash as severe as Elise’s. As soon as I see the first signs of a rash I whip up this cream and the rash heals within days, if not sooner. I normally make a good amount at a time, so that I will have enough on hand to give to the sitter as well as keep some at the house until the rash is completely healed.
The ingredients are:
1 Cup Zinc oxide cream (I recommend Equate Maximum Strength Diaper Rash Relief)
1 Cup Petroleum (Vaseline)
2 Tbsp of Neosporin
1 Tbsp of Clotrimazole Cream
1 Tbsp of 1% Hydrocortisone Cream
Measure out and mix. I recommend mixing in a plastic Tupperware that you don’t mind throwing away or only using for this diaper cream, as it’s very hard to clean the dish and reuse. Using disposable Tupperware is also a great way to keep the cream from drying out and portable.
If your baby’s rash is severe, at every diaper change gently dab the baby’s bottom with a warm washcloth to clean. Do not use wipes, as the ingredients can irritate the area. I recommend using several wash cloths for the messy diapers and wash them in the washing machine after being used. After their bottom is clean let the diaper area “air out.” If you have an infant I recommend laying them down on an old towel or even a puppy pad to catch any accidents while they are without a diaper. Do this a couple of times a day to get rid of any moisture in the area. When you are ready to put the diaper back on you can gently apply the cream on the infected area. If the area is too sensitive to touch, lather the cream directly on the diaper. When dealing with a rash I also add baby powder or cornstarch to help absorb any moisture in the diaper.
In our small town, we only have a Walmart and I was able to find all ingredients listed with no problem. I bought all the off brands as well and found it to work just as effectively. I purchased the 16 oz Equate cream. After this first purchase, I was hooked! I love the thicker consistency of the cream compared to the diaper rash cream in the tube. Can I also add that the Equate cream, 16 oz is $7.97 at Walmart where Destin is $13.97!
So there you have it, the best and the only cream I have used for all my kids.