10 Best Diaper Rash Creams In India
It really hurts to see those red rashes on your baby’s little bums. Isn’t it? Diaper rashes are unfortunately quite common these days. The main causes of diaper rashes include leaving dirty/wet diaper on for long time, allergy to a particular brand of diaper, yeast/bacterial infection or because of skin rubbing against the diaper. As a newborn’s skin is extremely delicate, they are quite prone to developing rashes for the first three months. Post this period, the skin starts to toughen up a bit more to withstand moisture, allergies and then the frequency of rashes gradually decline. In the meantime, we hope this article helps!
Sometimes diaper rashes are so stubborn that it just won’t go away no matter what you do. As with everything else, prevention is always better than cure. So, here are a few tips for the same.
- Never leave baby in a soiled diaper for long. Newborns are notorious for dirtying their diaper often. So, keep checking the diaper often. If necessary, keep an alarm to overcome your mommy brain!
- Use cloth nappies (not cloth diapers) at home rather than disposable ones. This way, you know when the baby pees or poops.
- Allow the baby to go diaper free often as airing out the area helps prevent moisture accumulation that cause rashes and infections. I know boys are likely to end up drinking their pee if left without a nappy. But worry not, urine is sterile!
- Use plain water to clean the genital area after baby poops. Do you use wipes to clean yourself after you do your business? No. We use good old water. Use baby wipes only when you go outside. If you take a look at the composition of baby wipes, you will see that it is loaded with chemicals. So, use sparingly and if possible opt for water wipes.
- Apply a layer of diaper cream or coconut oil before putting on fresh diapers.
- Babies are likely to develop rashes when they start on solids. So, take extra care during this period.
- If your baby has diaper rash, avoid giving him/her citrus fruits and spicy food. If the baby is breastfed, the mother has to avoid such food too.
Here are some of the tried and tested home remedies for diaper rashes that moms vouch by-
- Coconut oil is said to work wonders for healing diaper rashes. Not only is it antimicrobial, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, but it also acts as a barrier between the skin and the ‘belongings’ deposited in the diaper. Ideally, use virgin coconut oil instead of the regular one.
- Applying a thin layer of Vaseline before putting on fresh diaper also helps create a protective barrier between the skin and urine/fecal matter.
- Yet another home remedy that many moms recommend is applying breast milk to the rashes and letting it air-dry.
Note- Whenever you change the baby’s diaper, first clean the area gently with warm water and baby soap if necessary. Completely dry the area with a soft wash cloth and then apply the diaper cream.
Now, let’s come to the best diaper rash creams available in India. This list comprises of diaper rash creams that are stocked within India (usually delivered within a few days) as well as imported ones( which takes 2-3 weeks for delivery). It has been compiled by our group of mommy reviewers after taking in to consideration its ingredients, efficacy and online reviews from fellow parents.
What is Zinc Oxide?
Zinc oxide is a term that you will see throughout this article as it is an active ingredient of most diaper creams. It is a fine white powder that is insoluble in water and is an ingredient of a number of facial creams and beauty products. You might have observed that when you try washing your hands after applying some creams, you tend to have water droplets on your skin. This is due to the presence of Zinc oxide. It creates a barrier on your skin and repels the wetness which cause the rashes. The percentage of Zinc oxide in a diaper cream is one of the factors that determine its efficacy.
Out of this list, we highly recommend Destin Maximum strength nappy cream. It has 40% zinc oxide and the manufacturers even guarantee 90% relief for diaper rashes within just 12 hours of application. Moreover, it is hypoallergenic and free from fragrances, paraben, dyes and other harmful ingredients.
Best Diaper Rash Creams
Find latest priceDestin mainly has two types of nappy cream namely Destin Rapid Relief Nappy Cream and Destin Maximum Strength Nappy cream. The main difference between the two lies in the percentage of zinc oxide each contains. While Destin Rapid relief has 13% Zinc oxide, Destin Maximum strength has 40%. Its hypoallergenic, pediatrician tested formula is free from fragrances, parabens and dyes and is said to bring relief for up to 90% of diaper rashes within 12 hours of application.
Some might feel that the cream is way too thick and difficult to clean. This is because of the presence of zinc oxide- the ingredient that actually helps to heal the rash. Otherwise, other than a few complaints about the packaging, there are hardly any negative reviews about the product.
Rating: 4.6/5 (based on 686 customer reviews)
Find latest priceIn Sebamed diaper rash cream, it is titanium dioxide and not zinc oxide, that forms a protective barrier on the skin against wetness. While it makes the cream less thick and easier to clean, it does affect the effectiveness of the product a little bit when compared to zinc oxide based diaper creams.
The cream contains 35% oil and helps to hydrate and soothe the irritated skin. Just like every other Sebamed product, the diaper rash cream also has a pH of 5.5 which helps in development of skin’s acid mantle that protects the skin from harmful bacteria and moisture loss. Complaints about the product are mostly around its high price.
Rating: 4.5/5 ( based on 65 customer reviews)
Find latest priceThe main ingredients of this diaper cream is cocoa butter, Vitamin E, Shea butter, lavender oil, chamomile, Aloe Vera and Petrolatum( the active ingredient that protects the skin and creates the barrier against wetness) The formula is sulphate, paraben and phthalate free and it has garnered fairly positive reviews.
Rating: 4.5/5 (based on 10 customer reviews)
Find latest priceHimalaya Diaper Rash Cream is one of the most economical choices of diaper cream available in the market. Its key ingredients are Almond oil, Aloe Vera, Natural Zinc and Five-Leaved Chaste tree. The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of the ingredients help to heal the skin while zinc acts as a barrier against wetness. While there are a number of negative reviews regarding the effectiveness of the product, positive reviews weigh far more. Overall, we can say that the product is suitable for mild rashes and not for severe ones.
Rating: 4.4/5 (based on 699 customer reviews)
Find latest priceSudocrem heals not only diaper rashes, but also acne, eczema, cuts, grazes and minor burns. The main ingredients are zinc oxide, hypoallergenic lanolin and benzyl alcohol which has antiseptic and anesthetic properties that helps reduce the baby’s discomfort in case of painful rashes.
Take care to buy from reliable vendors as there are a number of complaints about fake Sudocrem being sold online.
Rating: 4.4/5 (based on 82 customer reviews)
Find latest priceThe active ingredients of Cetaphil baby diaper cream include zinc oxide, organic calendula, vitamin B5 and vitamin E. It is free of parabens, colorants and mineral oils making it hypoallergenic. Reviews suggest that Cetaphil is good for preventing rashes and healing minor ones, but it isn’t quite useful when it comes to treating serious rashes caused by antibiotics or diarrhea. Find latest priceWith 40% zinc oxide and goodness of almond oil, Aloe Vera, butter milk, Shea butter, coconut oil and sunflower oil, Burtbees protects the skin from wetness and gently moisturizes the skin and heals it. It is also free from phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, SLS and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, thus making it safe on baby’s soft skin. There are online reviews from 2015 suggesting that the product has lost its effectiveness owing to a change in its formulation. But reviews from 2016 on are positive and recommends it even for severe rashes.
Rating: 4.5/5 ( based on 493 customer reviews)
Imported Diaper Rash Creams
Aquaphor claims to relieve diaper rashes within 6 hours. Its active ingredient is petrolatum which protects the skin and the inactive ingredients include Mineral Oil, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol, Panthenol, Glycerin and Bisabolol. Though the ingredients are synthetic in nature, reviews suggest it suitable for sensitive skins and many vouch that Aquaphor has been able to heal many harsh diaper rashes when other brands failed. It is also suitable for rash from excessive drooling and can be used for minor cuts, scrapes and dryness.
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Rating: 4.7/5 (based on 146 customer reviews)
Find latest priceTriple Paste offers money back guarantee on its efficacy. Its fragrance free, hypoallergenic formula helps treat and prevent diaper rash while being gentle on the baby’s skin. Its active ingredient is zinc oxide(12.8%) and inactive ingredients include white petrolatum,corn starch, anhydrous lanolin, stearyl alcohol, beeswax, bisabolol, cholesterol, water, glycerine, oat (avena sativa) kernel extract and polysorbate 80. Reviews suggest that Triple Paste is the best option for stubborn diaper rashes that just won’t go.
Rating: 4.7/5 ( based on 1286 customer reviews)
Find latest priceFree of dye, parabens, preservatives, phthalate and talc, Bourdreaux butt paste contains 40% zinc oxide to effectively prevent and treat severe diaper rashes. The inactive ingredients include castor oil, mineral oil, paraffin, Peruvian balsam and Petrolatum. It is a highly recommended diaper cream amongst mid-wives and pediatricians.
Rating: 4.6/5 (based on 1487 customer reviews)
Note- You and your pediatrician knows what is the best for your child. Do not consider this article or replace it for medical advice.