Pros: easy to open flip-top lid plus a pleasing scent
Cons: tube does not last very long and it is expensive
When my son changed medications recently he started to develop a diaper rash. Baby powder was not working alone and I did not feel the need to spend almost twelve dollars for a tub of the A+D Original Ointment. While looking around at the items sold at Rite Aid I spotted the A+D Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Cream with Aloe and decided to make the purchase.
Over the years I have purchased the Rite Aid brand of zinc oxide for my skin condition and a few times tried this out on my son when a rash was evident. The A+D Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Cream with Aloe has a mild pleasing scent to it with no greasy feeling after usage. I was very happy when I noticed the top is not a regular twist off cap, but a flip-top lid that makes opening and closing a breeze when attending to a quick child during the diaper changing process. This also helps in not clogging the opening or having left over cream around the edges. Located beneath the twist off section is a cap for removing should the need arise.
A+D Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Cream with Aloe contains no lanolin, which I am allergic to and will break out in more rashes from my eczema skin condition. I always have to read the ingredients on all items I will be applying to my children as well as myself since I end up touching the product at some point. Since the A+D Ointment does contain lanolin, and I have utilized the ointment successfully over the years for my son by placing a Huggies wipe directly into the jar to avoid an allergic reaction, I decided another product in this line was worthwhile.
The A+D Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Cream with Aloe is used for the treatment and prevention of diaper rashes as well as soothing red irritated skin. It works as a skin protectant that is also hypoallergenic with the aloe and Vitamins A and D. I do not use the cream each diaper change, but do try to apply a liberal coating at bedtime. I have applied the cream in two variations, one onto the palm of my hand to spread over my sons bottom and a few times I have squeezed out a small amount onto a wipe to smooth over his skin.
It is important to allow a bottom to dry after having a wet soiled diaper on and to use a wipe that does not leave a lot of wetness behind or residue. When you get to the end of some brands of wipes they are almost soaking wet and need to be twisted for excess liquid. After applying the A+D Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Cream with Aloe my hands are not itchy or dry and it does rinse off easily with soap and water. With some items I feel the need to have it removed instantly, but not so with this cream.
It is not cold when applied either, which helps so the child having this A+D Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Cream with Aloe will not flinch or move due to the sudden coldness on their behind. The scent is light, but reminds me of the newborn baby smell and not at all like medicine. When you open the flip-top the cream comes out in an even thick and creamy formation that glides onto the skin quickly and can either be rubbed in or spread over the affected area loosely. My son does not really tolerate me rubbing anything into the skin for a long period of time, plus a light film left on the skin works better on his rashes.
The diaper is easy to place on the skin over the A+D Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Cream with Aloe and with the next change it is always apparent that the cream has been working its magic on the area. Many times I shake some baby powder over the area as well. When I remove the diaper the cream has been absorbed into the skin and the redness has faded over time. This can be applied daily with as many applications as needed, but if a rash is still present in the same consistency it would be advised to consult a doctor and discontinue use. Also if the rash were to get worse or another one develop this could indicate a more serious problem that needs to be checked and stop using immediately.
The active ingredients found in the A+D Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Cream with Aloe consist of 1% Dimethicone along with 10% zinc oxide. The inactive ingredients are aloe barbadensis extract, benzyl alcohol, coconut oil (probably what makes the scent so pleasing), cod liver oil (contains Vit A&D), fragrance, glyceryl oleate, light mineral oil, ozokerite (no idea what this is!), paraffin, propylene glycol, sorbitol, synthetic beeswax and water.
This A+D Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Cream with Aloe is also marketed in a pump style, although I am not sure I would find that easier to manage. This should be stored at room temperature (meaning not the bathroom) and out of reach of children. In case of any accidental ingestion contact the poison control immediately, the number is located in phone books front section and should be placed on refrigerator and near phone.
The A+D Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Cream with Aloe will help seal out wetness and is to be used externally only. Zinc oxide and aloe are a good combination for this delicate part of skin. The most important aspect of the product is that it works and quickly I might add. Diaper rashes can appear when there is a change in medication or diet so this is worth making the purchase for when the need may arise in the future.
Other products mentioned worth pursuing are:
Huggies Natural Care baby Wipes
Rite Aid unscented baby wipes
Gerber Baby Powder
A+D Original Ointment
Vaseline Petroleum Jelly