My first two years of Baby Bunching were an endless stream of, among other things, diaper rashes. Two babies meant that someone was always either teething, trying a new food for the first time, or ill with a stomach virus or cold that messed up the pipes. Heaven forbid it was something contagious, in which case BOTH bums would be red as fire engines. It was then that I discovered the value of a Costco membership for diapers and wipes (and later, formula), but could never quite find a diaper creme that could nip a diaper rash in the bud.
The funny thing about diaper cremes is that it's one of those weird things that people seem to have brand loyalty to. Desitin was the ointment of my childhood, my pediatrician recommended Aveeno, but my son's daycare director swore by A + D ointment (had to be original formula). A friend recommended Boudreaux's Butt Paste, another used Bert's Bees and a third insisted on Balmex. In my quest to conquer a two-year long diaper rash, I tried them ALL - never fully settling on one that worked without fail every time. Until my friend Jen introduced me to her secret recipe, which worked EVERY TIME - frequently after just the first application, but always after 2 or 3. A friend who is a NICU nurse recently confirmed that she was able to con the recipe for the NICU's "butt paste" out of the pharmacist and it similar, with one slight variation. I share this with you today, my friends, in the hopes that I can save you from the expense and waste of a drawer filled with pseudo-effective butt products. Happy pasting!
No-Fail Butt Paste
Combine equal parts:
Lotrimin (or some other athlete's foot or anti-fungal cream - or Polysporin is another alternative)
Desitin (original formula)
Cornstarch mixed with a bit of water to make it pasty
Stir all three together until evenly blended and pasty. I get a small plastic dish with a lid and make a small "batch" to have on hand for the duration of the rash spell. But like I said - I've never had to use it more than 2 or 3 times on any given rash.