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Caregiver Tip – Diaper Rash Creams Aren’t All Created Equal

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Butt paste is a fave in my sandwich generation multigenerational family via Kaye Swain Roseville CA social media bloggerDiaper rash! It’s the bane of a child’s existence not to mention the parents and grandparents who love him. Most of the time it is pretty easy to deal with. Change her often, use a good ointment or cream for diaper rash, and soon it’s all gone. But what happens if it doesn’t go away. What happens if it gets worse? For that matter, what happens if it’s not a child?

For those of us dealing with a wide variety of the Sandwich Generation issues, it could even be a problem for both our elderly parents suffering from adult diaper rash, as well as our grandchildren! But fear not, fellow travelers, there are some great options out there. When one of my grandchildren with health issues had severe problems with diaper rash, we tried everything trying to find the best diaper rash cream or ointment. We tried my favorite, Desitin (I prefer the original ointment, not the cream). It may be messy but it works wonderfully – most of the time. But not this time.

We tried A&D Ointment. Again, it works often, but not this time. We even tried Bag Balm Ointment. While we have many friends who swear by this, it didn’t help our situation. Finally, a wonderful doctor suggested Boudreaux Butt Paste. I have to be honest. I wasn’t crazy about the name! But the stuff works. It works GREAT! It isn’t cheap. But it is well worth the cost and I have to admit, it smells better than my favorite, Desitin. Target often carries it in the big tub. Walmart usually has it in a tiny tube. And Amazon carries several sizes. When I can, I prefer the biggest container as it usually saves the most money. This particular size does not always qualify for a discount from the Amazon Prime Membership, but it’s the handiest size around the house, so to me it’s well worth it.  (Before you try this or the next item, however, you should check with your doctor regarding such a severe rash. In all cases, our doctors recommended these products to us.) 

If all these fail and the rash is getting worse, I would definitely call the doctor again. When you do, you might also ask them about Calmoseptine Ointment (though to me, it’s more of a cream). I only recommend it if nothing else works and the doctor approves. I put some on one time to test it, and it reminded me of putting Bengay on my achy joints. It stayed warm and weird all night long! After that, I totally understood why my grandchild wasn’t fond of it, but it did help A LOT! When he has a very severe rash, he definitely likes it much better!

The nice thing about all these products is that they are not age specific. In other words, all of us Sandwich Generation senior home care givers can use it for those elderly relatives who might have problems from incontinence or other issues. For that matter, they can also be useful as a gentle, yet effective, external hemorrhoid home treatment. Again, PLEASE doublecheck with your doctor, as there may be other issues involved as well! 

One other tip for all ages. We know that it’s vital to clean the area totally each time. Sometimes this is difficult due to the matter sticking to the skin, or being gritty and sticky. It might not want to come off, or if it does, it causes our loved one, whether a grandchild or an elderly parent, quite a bit of pain. I’ve found that if it is sticking even when using diaper wipes or wet cloths, you can use whatever ointment or cream you have available to help with the cleaning. Just put a little amount of the diaper ointment or cream on the skin, take a soft damp cloth or diaper wipe, and spread the ointment or cream around a bit. Then wipe gently and the cream or ointment will help clean the area much easier with less pain. When all is clean, apply more of the diaper ointment or cream. Then take a big sigh of relief as you and your loved one both feel much better.

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    • Kaye Swain
    • March 20, 2010

    Severe diaper rash can impact elderly parents as well as grandchildren – some options at SandwichINK http://bit.ly/9grRic

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