With my first son, I used Desitin every time he got a diaper rash. It worked like a charm every single time; I would apply it once, and the rash would virtually disappear. I could keep the rash away by applying it (in a very small amount) for about a week, after each diaper change.
Recommend this product?
With my second son, I wasn't so lucky. Mark had a chronic diaper rash for almost 6 months. He would have very runny bowel movements every single time I changed his diaper - 8 to 9 times a day! The doctor could not figure out what was causing it, or how to get rid of it. I tried EVERYTHING. We took him off of milk, we took him of certain foods to see if that was causing it. Nothing seemed to get rid of it. Even when his bowel movements were "normal," he would still get a rash. I was told that some children's bodies just "dump" all of the body's acids through the bowels. This is what was happening with Mark, thus causing the rash.
This was one of those very red, raw rashes, with occasional bleeding. It would get so bad sometimes that I couldn't do anything but put him in a cool bath after changing him. I started treating the rash with Desitin. Every time I put the Desitin on Mark's bottom, he would scream! I thought it might be because it was so thick, and was hard to spread out, so I switched to the Desitin Creamy. He would still scream every time it touched him. I tried several other brands with zinc oxide as the active ingredient; Balmex for one. Mark would still scream and cry every time it touched him. I tried Vaseline. Vaseline didn't burn and make him cry, and it sealed out the wetness, but it did nothing to heal the rash that was already there. I tried hydrocortisone cream (by the doctor's advice) to help relieve the itching. That too, burned his little bottom. Nothing seemed to relieve the pain for him.
Then I tried A&D ointment. It worked like a charm!!!! First of all, it didn't burn him when I put it on. It almost seemed to soothe him instantly. Within days the rash was completely gone!!! No other product I had tried ever completely healed the rash. I now apply A & D Ointment to Mark's bottom after his first diaper change in the morning and right after his bath at night. I've been using this product for approximately 2 weeks, and have had absolutely no problems with diaper rash at all.
Desitin is 40% Zinc Oxide, Desitin Creamy is 10% Zinc Oxide, and Balmex is 11.3% Zinc Oxide. This is the active ingredient in each of these creams; the ingredient that makes them "work." The Zinc Oxide in these creams is what burns a really bad rash. The active ingredients in A & D Ointment are Petrolatum, 53.4% and Lanolin, 15.5% - this does cause the A & D to have a little bit more of a "greasy" feel.
The cost of A & D Ointment is about the same, maybe a little less than the cost of Desitin. I paid $7.49 for a 4 oz. tube of Desitin. Desitin Creamy cost me $4.99 for a 2 oz. tube. Balmex was the cheapest at $4.49 for a 4 oz tube. A & D Ointment cost me $6.99 for a 4 oz. tube.
I would highly recommend A & D Ointment for any child who is having chronic diaper rash problems, or any child with a diaper rash, for that matter. It just doesn't burn, and who says that you have to make it burn to make it go away?