Pros: Contains Zinc Oxide, has no lanolin, pleasing scent
Cons: Hard to get off my fingers, stuck around the top opening
The Bottom Line: A thick white rash ointment that will eventually control the rash area
For a long time I used the Rite-Aid brand of zinc oxide for diaper rashes. I finally realized that it was costing me more in purchasing the small tubes this way and decided to read labels on the brands to find one with no lanolin. I have seen the annoying commercials that show women at a baby shower giving praise to Balmex® Diaper Rash Ointment for many years now and just passed it by in the aisle without a second thought.
Some weeks ago I checked all the brands on stock at Rite-Aid looking through the ingredients. Even though there were other ointments and creams selling for less, I chose Balmex® Rash Ointment because the ingredients did not contain lanolin and I knew basically what each of them were. The box notes Pediatrician Recommended and sold for $5.69. I wonder who is the Pediatrician that originally recommended this and does not get credit for it.
This is a product to keep out of reach of children especially since this tube is white and looks very similar to toothpaste. They claim to soothe the rash and promote healing and I would agree with that as the rash did not disappear but healed. This also contains aloe and Vitamin E, beeswax and purified water. Balmex® Diaper Rash Ointment provides moisture to the diaper area and can be used for sunburns, cuts, scrapes and everyday first aid. I use Neosporin so cannot agree with this claim.
A week later I found at Rite-Aid Balmex® Diaper Rash Ointment on sale for $3.99 so picked up another tube to keep in my preschoolers backpack so the same brand would be used consistently on all his diaper changes. Sometimes my son moves too quickly and I have put the ointment on the diaper and his bottom with ease. It would be a good idea to wipe the flip top opening after dispensing because it clogs the area and makes keeping the top sealed safely so nothing comes out if keeping this in a diaper bag. I placed this inside a baggie for the backpack so as not to get on clothing inside. If your able to use plastic gloves this would be a good way to apply ointment and then toss out the gloves. It is essential to wash hands before and after changing of a diaper. I place newspaper down on the rug prior to each change and wrap the soiled diaper inside that. You can than place this in a plastic bag and carry it to the outside trash and goodbye smell!
There is no set limit on how much can be used, liberal use is encouraged by the makers, Block Drug Company. After changing the diaper, air out the bottom of the infant/child by keeping the area dry before applying the ointment. The last diaper change of the evening will mean being in a diaper for a longer time with prolonged exposure to wetness so this time needs ointment when there is a rash or even to use as a barrier to protect overnight. By the beginning of the second week it was apparent that I needed a stronger type of rash buster for my son and found one that has since cleared it up. A one pound jar of A&D Ointment for $12.99 did the impossible by managing to clear up the rash and erase the smell of dirty diapers from my house
I still have a small amount left in the tube of Balmex® Diaper Rash Ointment and will consider making a purchase in the future when the need arises.
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Bonnie Sayers (autismfamily)
single parenting two teens on autism spectrum. Working out daily, Zumba & Bodybugg enthusiast.
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<ul><br>Helps soothe and heal diaper rash while moisturizing and nourishing the skin.</li><br>Provides a protective barrier against wetness and irritants to help prevent diaper rashes.</li><br>Goes on smooth, wipes off easily.</li><br>Has a pleasant, fresh scent.</li></ul>