Got diaper rash? When my kids were still in diapers I came across A&D Ointment. I cannot tell you how this stuff saved us, AND STILL DOES! Have you ever seen the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”? Gus uses Windex to heal everything (his wife may wash the windows with it too, who knows). Well, A&D – we refer to it lovingly as “butt cream”- is OUR Windex. This summer, for the first time in a very long time, our son got a little bit toasty from a trip to the lake (as the result of poorly applied sunscreen in some spots) and ended up with a sunburn across his back. That evening before bed I applied a generous helping of A&D ointment, put a long sleeve shirt on him and sent him to bed. I was surprised the next morning when it looked like there was NO burn at all. NO JOKE!
We always used it on diaper rashes, and it never failed, my son -who didn’t like to be wet so I begrudgingly put him in microfleece lined pockets- didn’t do great with the synthetic materials and would break out when he was in his pockets for any extended periods of time so we’d slather him with A&D ointment and seriously, within HOURS, he was noticably healed, if not healed completely! HOURS!
We use it on burns, we use it on scrapes and with me milking goats and with my hands in and out of hot soapy water MANY times a day, they get chapped! I combat this by using goat’s milk soap and my soaps contain a lot of natural AD&E vitamins from the natural oils I use but sometimes, I just NEED something more. At night, I’ll rub in A&D really well and wear gloves. It’s not the most wonderfully smelling stuff, but I’m telling you, by morning, they are 100% better!
Now, I know, some of you don’t like to use synthetic products and A&D does contain petroleum product (vaseline namely), and if that’s the case here’s a simple solution! Because I feel the A&D vitamins (and even E) are SO important and what helps the body and skin to heal so quickly, take some lanolin and mix a little cod liver oil in. Now, my big thing with CLO is A. I have not found any that don’t smell to date (course I haven’t really looked yet either but I’m sure it exists) and B. I don’t mind, for the little bit of A&D stuff we actually use, the petroleum. But for those who DO care or use it more frequently and don’t want the vaseline in it, use CLO or if you can find A&D (and even E) in capsule form, pop a small hole into a capsule or two and mix it with lanolin or coconut oil! Grapeseed and sunflower oils are super high in Vit. E too and these may be easier to get out of cloth diapers than lanolin and most, or all, of these products can be found in organic form.
You have 2 main objectives: 1. to put up a moisture barrier 2. to induce healing. Most diaper rash products out there don’t promote healing. They create a barrier from moisture to allow the body to heal. In my experience, including immune boosting and healing aides through vitamins allows the skin to start healing immediately. Literally, within HOURS, I’ve had rashes go from bad to healed.
Here’s to happy healing.