Diaper Rash Creams and Ointments
Types of Ointments and Creams for Diaper Rash
Although there are many different diaper rash products on the market, there are actually only a few different types of creams and ointments specifically for diaper rash. These include:
- Barrier creams and ointments: This includes 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 ointments and creams 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.
Of the many compounded diaper rash products prescribed by healthcare providers and mixed by pharmacists, the most popular is a product known as cholestyramine in Aquaphor®.
Cholestyramine is actually a powdered cholesterol drug that is normally mixed with liquids and taken as a drink. Somehow, it was discovered that this cholesterol medication works well for some cases of diaper rash. It is usually mixed in Aquaphor ointment and has a somewhat gritty texture. Odd as it may seem, this product has helped clear up some of the most stubborn cases of diaper rash.
Many parents have an entire medicine cabinet full of products that are identical (or almost identical) to each other. Desperate parents have been known to try every single product for diaper rash on the market in an effort to clear up the condition. However, if one type of product (for instance, a zinc oxide ointment) is not working, switching to a different brand of the same product is unlikely to help.