Q. You had a question from a mother whose baby has diaper rash. When my oldest daughter had very bad diaper rash as an infant, my pediatrician told me to buy Crisco shortening. (It comes in a can for baking.) I was to rub it generously all over the area. It’s an old-fashioned remedy, but it sure did the trick quickly and better than anything else from the pharmacy.
A. Wetness is a contributing factor to diaper rash, and Crisco vegetable shortening is an inexpensive moisture barrier for the skin. Other topical remedies that readers like include Maalox, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste and zinc oxide cream.