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There are a number of things you can do to treat and help prevent a diaper rash. Creams and ointments that are available over-the-counter (OTC) can be used as a barrier between the skin and the urine or stool. Other creams and ointments used to treat diaper rashes include antifungal, corticosteroid, and compounded products.

An Overview of Creams and Ointments for Diaper Rash

You have faithfully followed all the recommendations -- frequent diaper changes, airing out the skin as often as possible, and using "sensitive" wipes and super-absorbent diapers. Yet, your baby now has a diaper rash. Now what? What more can you do? Fortunately, a number of diaper rash creams and ointments are available that can both treat and help prevent these rashes.

Diaper Rash Creams vs. Ointments

Some parents prefer creams for diaper rash, while others prefer ointments. Is there really any difference? There are, in fact, some key differences between the two types of products. Creams tend to wash off easier and glide on the skin more easily. They are less greasy.
Ointments do not wash off as easily and can be a little more difficult to spread on the skin. However, ointments usually do a better job at creating a barrier between the skin and the urine or stool and tend to stay in place longer.
Some healthcare providers recommend the creams for preventing diaper rash and the ointments for treating a rash. For especially tough cases, pastes (which are thicker than either creams or ointments) may be recommended.
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