Apply a diaper rash cream to protect your little one’s bum ― it not only forms a protective barrier, the treatment usually offers healing and moisturising properties, too. SmartParents rounds up the best creams on the market today.
WHAT This cream soothes irritation even as natural ingredients protect your baby’s skin. Zinc oxide and calendula extract ease redness and inflammation, while beeswax offers a layer of protection, even as it soothes and softens skin.
PROS Natural ingredients will put your mind at ease. The smooth balm spreads evenly and smells great.
WHAT A mild antiseptic cream the whole family can use. Besides treating diaper rash, you can use it for bed sores, eczema, minor burns and even acne. It also provides a water-repellent barrier and anaesthetic properties.
PROS Heals bad rashes quickly and effectively.
CONS Since it comes in a tub, it’s annoying when the cream gets under your nails when you dip your fingers in it
WHAT Made with organic olive oil, this balm features organic herbs, shea butter and pure essential oils. Besides soothing diaper rash, it can also ease thrush, bug bites, scrapes, chickenpox and burns.
PROS It contains only natural, organic, non-toxic ingredients and smells great, thanks to essential oils. Free from zinc oxide, a petroleum by-product.
CONS While some mums rave about this product, others report that their babies experience a strong stinging sensation, especially when they have broken skin.
WHAT Free of fragrance, preservatives, colours and antiseptic, this ointment is perfect for even the most sensitive skin. The pro-vitamin B5 aids natural skin recovery, while keeping it soft, smooth and moisturised.
PROS Effectively clears diaper rash without using harmful chemicals and ingredients. Won’t stain clothes either because it is transparent.
CONS It’s an ointment instead of a cream, so the texture can feel a little oily.
California Baby Therapeutic Relief Diaper Rash Cream
WHAT Ultra-purified lanolin in this all-natural cream creates a moisture barrier, while soothing any irritation caused by the chemicals in most disposable diapers. Contains calming ingredients like vitamin-grade zinc, vitamin E, tea tree, aloe vera and French lavender.
PROS Zero fragrances and scent-masking agents make this prettily packaged product ideal for preventing rashes.
CONS Pricey, and some mums reported a stinging sensation when applied to a rash.
WHAT This cream is enriched with Five-Leaved Chaste Tree extracts to reduce the discomfort, inflammation and rashes caused by diapers. The addition of almond oil and aloe vera also soothes and softens skin.
PROS This value-for-money buy has a cooling effect on contact with skin. No side effects, thanks to the herbal formulation.
WHAT Offering the highest level of zinc oxide available without a prescription, this diaper rash cream immediately forms a protective barrier to sooth diaper rash discomfort and aids healing. The hypoallergenic formula provides hydration, while reducing irritation of sensitive and inflammatory-prone skin.
PROS A favourite among many mums, this thick cream is easy to apply on bubba’s skin and protects well.
CONS Some people can find the smell a little strong.
WHAT The cream from a trusted skincare brand keeps your baby’s skin at a healthy 5.5 pH level while offering reliable relief from diaper rash. Free from harmful substances like formaldehyde, it’s suitable for the most sensitive skin.
PROS. Smells good and has a thick consistency ― a smidgen goes a long way.