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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.

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  1. erika

    I am a mother of four and a daycare provider by trade. I know that there are always great opinions out there on what works best for diaper rash. I happen to know from my own experiences as a mother on my children that what worked for one did NOT work for all the others. Each child was different.
    With my oldest cornstarch was the best cure for her diaper rash. With my second born it was breast milk oddly enough. My third and fourth born children did really well if they had diaper rash with maylox. Now the little one I am keeping suffers from bad diaper rash quite often and his mother has tried everything that we could both think of. I decided to give the crisco a try since we had literally tried everything else and it has done a world of good on his bleeding butt.
    I now keep a little container of crisco mixed with a teaspoon of neosporin on the changing table just for him. I hope that you guys find the right cure for your little ones. Don’t give up! you may just find the best diaper rash medicine ever in the least expected place

  2. tm

    Irritated my baby’s skin.

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