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Diaper Rash Cream

Diaper Rash Creams

A few commercially available diaper creams may be used with cloth diapers. ALWAYS AVOID DIAPER CREAMS WITH COD LIVER OIL or any other fish oils. Recently many cloth diaper manufacturer's have developed diaper rash creams that are considered safe for cloth diapers. In many cases, diaper rash creams specifically developed for use with cloth diapers is preferred. Note, some diaper manufacturer's specifically state not to use rash creams when using their brand of diapers. Please read and follow individual manufacturers directives when applicable.

Compatible with cloth diapers both natural fibers and synthetics. Always check with your manufacturer.

Best to protect diapers when using by using a liner. Less of a problem is usually noted with natural fibers diapers.

Best to avoid use with cloth diapers. Definitely, plan to use a protective diaper liner.

Should not be used with cloth diapers.


Rating Brand Notes Ingredients
A&D Original Ointment Smelly from cod liver oil. Do not use with cloth diapers. Active Ingredients: Petrolatum 53. 4%, Lanolin 15. 5%.
Inactive Ingredients: Cod Liver Oil (Contains Vitamin A, Vitamin D), Fragrance, Light Mineral Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Paraffin.
A&D Zinc Oxide Cream Active Ingredients: Ointment contains:: Dimethicone 1%, Zinc Oxide 10%.
Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Coconut Oil, Cod Liver Oil (contains vitamin a & vitamin d), Fragrance, Glyceryl Oleate, Light Mineral Oil, Ozokerite, Paraffin, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Synthetic Beeswax, Water.
Angel Baby Bottom Balm Created for use with cloth diapers. Olea europaea (organic olive) oil, Calendula officinalis (organic calendula) extract, Hypericum perforatum (organic St. John's wort) extract, Stellaria media (organic chickweed) extract, Plantago major (organic plantain extract), Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Euphorbia antisyphilitica (candelilla), Simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba) oil, proprietary blend of Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil and Commiphora myrrha (myrrh) oil.
Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment Used often with dry skin. Used also as a 50/50 mixture with Maalox. Aquaphor may make a yeast rash worse. Active Ingredients: Petrolatum.
Inactive Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol, Panthenol, Glycerin, Bisabolol.
Aveeno Combination of Zinc oxide to keep diaper area dry and colloidal oatmeal to relieve the dry skin. (In the three stars category this is probably the best choice for your diapers)

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 13%.

Inactive Ingredients: Avena Sativa (oat) Kernal Extract, Beeswax, Benzoic Acid, Dimethicone, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/leaf/stem Extract, Glycerin, Methylparaben, Microcrystalline Wax, Mineral Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) seed Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Propylparaben, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Synthetic Beeswax, Water.

Balm Baby Diaper Balm Strong citrus smell. Works well on diaper rashes, as a first aid ointment. Also can provide light barrier Organic olive, coconut, macadamia nut oil & sesame seed oil infused in noni, calendula, chamomile, comfrey & rosemary, candelilla wax, St. John’s wort extract, chickweed extract, neem oil, kukui nut oil, vitamin e T-50, Organic Essential oil blend of orange, lavender & tea tree
Balm Baby Mad Rash Same ingredients as the cloth safe Balm Baby Diaper Balm but with zinc oxide. Use sparingly, this is fine for use with cloth. Makes excellent barrier and heals rash quickly Extra virgin olive oil, calendula, chamomile, Noni, comfrey, rosemary, shea butter, coconut & macadamia nut oil, zinc oxide (25%), Kukui nut oil, sesame seed oil, Candelilla wax, St. John's wort extract, chickweed extract, neem oil, vitamin e T-50, organic essential oil blend
Balmex Zinc Oxide Zinc oxide is a drying agent so this would not be the choice for dealing with dry skin. Seems to work best from diaper rash caused by babies sitting in stools. Challenging to clean off between each diaper change. Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 11. 3% (Skin Protectant).
Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Vera Gel, Balsam (Specially Purified Balsam Peru), Beeswax, Benzoic Acid, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Mineral Oil, Propylparaben, Purified Water, Sodium Borate, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E Acetate).
Balmex Ointment Designed for use as a wetness barrier. Active Ingredients: White Petrolatum 51%.
Inactive Ingredients: Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Mineral Oil, Polyethylene, Silica.
Baby Bees Diaper Rash Ointment Has strong smell. May Stain, stains tend to come out with time. Used successfully with rashes caused from acidic foods. Can cause build-up on pocket diapers. Zinc Oxide, Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax, Vitamin E, Jojoba Oil, Lavender Oil, Vitamin A, Extracts of Rosemary, Lavender, Calendula, Chamomile, Rose Petal and Comfrey Root.
Bourdeaux's Butt Paste* Staining. Strong smell. Use only with a disposable liner. Can cause really bad staining.

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 16%.

Inactive Ingredients: Peruvian Balsam, Boric Acid, Castor Oil, Mineral Oil, White Wax, Petrolatum.

California Baby Does not stain. Seems suitable for light rash care. Ultra-purified lanolin, vitamin-grade zinc (12%) and vitamin E, in addition to organic tea tree and aloe vera, proprietary Calming aromatherapy blend which includes French lavender, known for its soothing, antibacterial, and healing properties
CJ's BUTTer Ointment and Stick For diaper rash, eczema and dry skin Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter (deodorized), Vitamin E and essential oils
Desitin Ointment Smelly from cod liver oil. Do not use with cloth diapers unless you want your baby to smell like a fish market. Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (40%) (Skin Portectant).
Inactive Ingredients: BHA, Cod Liver Oil, Fragrance, Lanolin, Methylparaben, Petrolatum, Talc, Water.
Desitin Creamy Zinc oxide is a drying agent so this would not be the choice for dealing with dry skin. Takes time to wash out of cloth but will with effort. Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 10%.
Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Microcrystalline Wax, Mineral Oil, Propylparaben, Purified Water, Sodium Borate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Vitamin E, White Petrolatum, White Wax.
EcoSprout Coconut Stick Cloth safe coconut oil in a stick form. Easy to apply 100% extra virgin organic coconut oil (unprocessed), beeswax, vitamin E oil
Lansinoh Diaper Rash Ointment May cause build up on diapers (all types). Use with a disposable liner. Great to use for dry skin and as a barrier from moisture. Lanolin, Zinc Oxide and Dimethicone
Grovia Magic Stick Used for minor rashes and as a protective layer from wetness. Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Apis mellifera (Beeswax), Limmnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Oil, Rosa mosqueta (Organic Rosehip) and a proprietary blend of essential oils.
Grovia Magic Stick Z Balm Great for healing a persistent rash. Provides a barrier. Note* Manufacturer claims small coating will not cause issues in diapers. As a personal note, we have found this to be true Note** while cream contains zinc, it will go on opaque Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Non-nano Zinc Oxide, Apis mellifera (Beeswax), Lavender Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Meadowfoam, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Shea Oil, Jojoba Oil and a propriety blend of essential oils
Grandma El's Marketed as safe for cloth diapers. Some people have had repellency issues after repeated usage and some have had light staining. Others have not trouble at all with cloth. Natural Vitamin E - an anti-oxidant, derived from Wheat Germ Oil, Balsam of Peru natural derivatives - a plant of Peru, known as a healing agent. Salicylic Acid - Derived from Willow Bark and Promotes new skin growth. Yellow Petrolatum - A moisture barrier derived from natural mineral oil. Anhydrous Lanolin - Insecticide-Free, Allergy-Free for Protection and healing.
Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush Effective at stubborn rashes, especially those caused by yeast. Also effective for use on nipples if thrush is present Extra virgin olive oil*, beeswax*, oregon grape root, myrrh gum, yarrow herb*, calendula flower*
*certified organic ingredient
Penaten May cause build up on diapers (all types). Has added fragrance. Petrolatum, Zinc Oxide, Lanolin, Talc, Aqua, Panthenol, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana Water, Allantoin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Cetylpyridinium Chloride, Paraffinum Liqidum, Glycine Soja Oil, Alcohol, Parfum, Cl 75130
Sudocrem Zinc oxide is a drying agent so this would not be the choice for dealing with dry skin. May not be available in the US.

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide Ph.Eur. 15.25% Benzyl Alcohol B.P. 0.39% Benzyl Benzoate B.P. 1.01% Benzyl Cinnamate 0.15% Lanolin (Hypo-Allergenic) 4%(W/W)

Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water Liquid Paraffin Paraffin Wax Beeswax Microcrystalline Wax Sodium Benzoate Linalyl Acetate Propylene Glycol Citric Acid Butylated Hydroxyanisole Sorbitan Sesquiloleate Lavender Fragrance

Thirsties Booty Love Organic Extra virgin olive oil*, beeswax*, oregon grape root, myrrh gum, yarrow herb*, calendula flower*
*Certified organic ingredients
Triple Paste Designed to relieve raw, irritated skin and create a barrier between baby's skin and the diaper. Fragrance-free.Hypoallergenic. I would avoid use if dealing with a yeast infection. Active Ingredients:Zinc Oxide 11. 6%.
Inactive Ingredients: White Petrolatum; Corn Starch; Anhydrous Lanolin; Stearyl Alcohol; White Beeswax; Cholesterol; Polysorbate 80.
WeledaCalendula Diaper Care Designed as a wetness protection barrier. Ingredients (INCI): Beeswax, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Calendula, Chamomile, Geraniol*, Glyceryl Linoleate, Hectorite, Lanolin, Limonene*, Linalool*, Sweet Almond, Sesame, Water, Zinc Oxide.
* from natural essential oils