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What is the best cream or other product for treating diaper rash?
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Dr. Robert Bader
Dermatology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Diaper rash
1. Frequent diaper changes 2.
Barrier cream with each diaper change. Triple paste is my favorite.

In brief: Diaper rash
1. Frequent diaper changes 2.
Barrier cream with each diaper change. Triple paste is my favorite.
Dr. Robert Bader
Dr. Robert Bader
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4 doctors agree
In brief: Diaper rash
The first thing is to try to establish what could be causing the rash.
Soaps, wipes, lotions may be culprits. Type of diapers, frequency of diaper changes. Moisture breaks down the skin an can create a rash, try keeping the skin dry and clean, and create a barrier with any cream that has zinc oxide. If the rash is not better in a day or two, consult your doctor to rule anything else out.

In brief: Diaper rash
The first thing is to try to establish what could be causing the rash.
Soaps, wipes, lotions may be culprits. Type of diapers, frequency of diaper changes. Moisture breaks down the skin an can create a rash, try keeping the skin dry and clean, and create a barrier with any cream that has zinc oxide. If the rash is not better in a day or two, consult your doctor to rule anything else out.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: The best: naked time
Honestly: the best thing for diaper rash isn't a cream you put on, it's a diaper and clothes you take off.
Naked time, plus a cold hair dryer or fam to dry the bottom, is the best cure for most diaper rashes. It may not be so good for your carpet, though.

In brief: The best: naked time
Honestly: the best thing for diaper rash isn't a cream you put on, it's a diaper and clothes you take off.
Naked time, plus a cold hair dryer or fam to dry the bottom, is the best cure for most diaper rashes. It may not be so good for your carpet, though.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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Dr. John Chiu
Change diaper whenever it gets wet instead of waiting. Powder the buttocks after each change. For more severe cases, antifungal cream may be used for a few days. A naked butt may be ideal but likely not practical unless you leave the child confined to the bathtub.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Zinc oxide
Creams and ointments containing zinc oxide and petrolatum such as a+d, boudreaux's butt paste, desitin, (zinc oxide diaper cream) triple paste, balmex work very well for diaper rash.
Apply with each diaper change until the rash goes away.

In brief: Zinc oxide
Creams and ointments containing zinc oxide and petrolatum such as a+d, boudreaux's butt paste, desitin, (zinc oxide diaper cream) triple paste, balmex work very well for diaper rash.
Apply with each diaper change until the rash goes away.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Many options...
There's no perfect answer to this one.
Try any cream with zinc oxide (i personally really liked the creamy desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) for my children as it was easy to apply) or a & d ointment. If the rash is getting worse with regular diaper rash cream, it is possible there may be yeast present (esp. If it's bright red with tiny "sattelite lesions" & itchy), so try any OTC antifungal cream (eg. Lotrimin).

In brief: Many options...
There's no perfect answer to this one.
Try any cream with zinc oxide (i personally really liked the creamy desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) for my children as it was easy to apply) or a & d ointment. If the rash is getting worse with regular diaper rash cream, it is possible there may be yeast present (esp. If it's bright red with tiny "sattelite lesions" & itchy), so try any OTC antifungal cream (eg. Lotrimin).
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: DIAPER DERMATITIS
You can use a combination of steroid and antifungal cream like mycolog, lotrisone, (clotrimazole and betamethasone) etc.

In brief: DIAPER DERMATITIS
You can use a combination of steroid and antifungal cream like mycolog, lotrisone, (clotrimazole and betamethasone) etc.
Dr. Nela Cordero
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Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Nystatin works well
Nystatin works well.

In brief: Nystatin works well
Nystatin works well.
Dr. Tod Haller
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Diaper Rash
Use an ointment that forms a protective barrier on the skin after every diaper change to help protect your child's irritated skin from stool and urine.
There are several good barrier ointments on the market, including petroleum ointment or petroleum jelly, nonpetroleum jelly, lanolin products, and white zinc oxide.

In brief: Diaper Rash
Use an ointment that forms a protective barrier on the skin after every diaper change to help protect your child's irritated skin from stool and urine.
There are several good barrier ointments on the market, including petroleum ointment or petroleum jelly, nonpetroleum jelly, lanolin products, and white zinc oxide.
Dr. Michael Fisher
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Triple Paste
There are many available to consider including prescription options but one of the best otc brands is triple paste.

In brief: Triple Paste
There are many available to consider including prescription options but one of the best otc brands is triple paste.
Dr. Danielle DeHoratius
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: One that stays put!
Using a cream to "treat" a diaper rash really means protecting the skin with a barrier so that it can heal on it's own.
Good barrier creams are ones that stay put- usually they contain petrolatum or zinc oxide. Apply a good layer to keep the irritants in the diaper away from the baby's skin while the rash heals. If the rash gets infected with yeast or bacteria, you will need to see the doctor.

In brief: One that stays put!
Using a cream to "treat" a diaper rash really means protecting the skin with a barrier so that it can heal on it's own.
Good barrier creams are ones that stay put- usually they contain petrolatum or zinc oxide. Apply a good layer to keep the irritants in the diaper away from the baby's skin while the rash heals. If the rash gets infected with yeast or bacteria, you will need to see the doctor.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Diaper rash
Most of the diaper rash creams OTC are safe for babies.
Diaper rash cream provides a barrier to the babies skin so it avoids the contact of urine/fecal material to touch the skin and cause contact dermatitis. If the rash does not clear up then one need to seek medical advice to make sure it is a yeast infection.

In brief: Diaper rash
Most of the diaper rash creams OTC are safe for babies.
Diaper rash cream provides a barrier to the babies skin so it avoids the contact of urine/fecal material to touch the skin and cause contact dermatitis. If the rash does not clear up then one need to seek medical advice to make sure it is a yeast infection.
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
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Dr. Adam Bodian
Dermatology
In brief: Desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) + Maalox
My favorite gentle treatment for most diaper rashes is the mixture of desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) (zinc oxide paste) and maalox liquid.
Put an inch of desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) cream (do not use the "creamy" type) in your palm. Add 1 capfull of maalox liquid to it and mix together for 30 seconds. Then rub this thinned paste into the entire diaper area for 30 seconds. Do this with each diaper change.

In brief: Desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) + Maalox
My favorite gentle treatment for most diaper rashes is the mixture of desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) (zinc oxide paste) and maalox liquid.
Put an inch of desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) cream (do not use the "creamy" type) in your palm. Add 1 capfull of maalox liquid to it and mix together for 30 seconds. Then rub this thinned paste into the entire diaper area for 30 seconds. Do this with each diaper change.
Dr. Adam Bodian
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Dr. John Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Keep dry
Keep the area as dry as possible by changing the diaper more often and applying of powder. Once the rash has taken hold, then an anti-fungal cream would be the next step.

In brief: Keep dry
Keep the area as dry as possible by changing the diaper more often and applying of powder. Once the rash has taken hold, then an anti-fungal cream would be the next step.
Dr. John Chiu
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Dr. Bachar Al-Alami
ADHD & Autism
In brief: Corona
60-70% lanolin.

In brief: Corona
60-70% lanolin.
Dr. Bachar Al-Alami
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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology
In brief: There are a few
Vusion or medicated triple paste are good options.

In brief: There are a few
Vusion or medicated triple paste are good options.
Dr. Michael Tomeo
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Zinc-based cream
For preventing diaper rash or for treating mild diaper rash, one can use a zinc-based whitish diaper cream.
Choose a cream that goes on easily, yet is not too sticky. If the cream is too thick and sticky, a parent would tend to wipe the butt too firmly while cleaning, thus irritating the sensitive skin. If there are breaks in the skin, or the rash is widespread, the baby should see a doctor.

In brief: Zinc-based cream
For preventing diaper rash or for treating mild diaper rash, one can use a zinc-based whitish diaper cream.
Choose a cream that goes on easily, yet is not too sticky. If the cream is too thick and sticky, a parent would tend to wipe the butt too firmly while cleaning, thus irritating the sensitive skin. If there are breaks in the skin, or the rash is widespread, the baby should see a doctor.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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