Diaper Rash Cream
Several diaper rash creams and ointments are available that can both treat and help prevent diaper rashes. Most of these products are available over-the-counter (OTC), but some are available by prescription only.
Some of the common types of ointments and creams for diaper rash include:
- Barrier creams and ointments: Most nonprescription products; the ointment or cream itself can act as a barrier (such as with petroleum jelly or lanolin), as can the active ingredients (such as zinc oxide)
- Antifungal creams and ointments: Used to treat diaper rash caused by a Candida (yeast) infection
- Corticosteroid creams and ointments: Hydrocortisone and other similar products
- Compounded creams and ointments: Mixed specially by a pharmacist, these concoctions may contain a variety of different active ingredients.
Many creams and ointments for diaper rash contain more than one active ingredient and may, therefore, fall into more than one category. Antifungal and corticosteroid creams and ointments, which are available without a prescription, should not be used without the approval and supervision of your child's healthcare provider and should be used only for certain types of diaper rash.
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