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The first time many people come into contact with Sudocrem is when they have a baby and receive their bounty pack (for those who have never received or heard of a bounty pack, it is a pack of different manufactured products (nappies, baby bath, washing powder etc) given to mothers of new born babies, so they have the chance to try out the free products on offer). The sample is very small but it is well worth trying.
Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream is a white cream, its main use is for nappy rash. But it does have a host of other uses that I will tell you about further on in this opinion.
One of the myths about nappy rash is it is caused by having the same nappy on for too long. Although in recent years disposable nappies have become so much better and help in keeping the babies wet waste products away from babies skin. The same is also true of nappy liners for terry towelling nappies. Even with these advances, baby’s skin has not changed, it is very delicate. Also the waste products that they produce have also not changed, they are very acidic and wet.
Another myth is that your not looking after your baby properly, it can be very distressing not only for the baby but also the parents. This is because of the stigma attached. Please remember that covering up babies bottoms with nappies is not a natural thing to do, humans are the only animal that do this. Therefore its not really that surprising that at times the skin can and will flair up.
Nappy rash can occur for many reasons, if the baby is feeling poorly is probably the most common, a change in diet can also make babies bottom sore. And surprisingly enough when a baby starts teething can also be a cause. A good thing to remember is if your baby does get a rash it can be a pointer that baby might be getting a cold, or coming down with something and therefore it might be worth keeping an eye on baby.
Nappy rash shows itself as reddened painful looking skin, if left untreated it can begin to weep and be very painful and distressing for baby.
At the first signs of nappy rash, clean babies bottom thoroughly (as you would at any nappy change), and then apply a thin layer of Sudocrem to the affected skin. It really is as simple as that, and you will find the following day the rash will have subsided and in many cases cleared up altogether. If it still there carry on applying the Sudocrem. I would suggest though if it does not clear up after a few days or gets worse then either visit your Doctor, health visitor or your local pharmacist, just to be on the safe side.
I have found that an application of Sudocrem on our children has always been enough to stop nappy rash in its track, in fact the next nappy change the redness has normally begun to subside. It seems to act as both a barrier and a moisturiser
Nappy rash is not its only use, we have used it for any skin irritations on babies, children and adults, and we have never had any allergic reactions to this cream.
Just in case anyone reading this may be allergic to certain products in Sudocrem here is a list of the ingredients, Zinc Oxide E.P. 15.25% Benzyl Alcohol B.P. 0.39% Benzyl Benzoate B.P. 1.01% Benzyl Cinnamate 0.15% Lanolin (Hypo-Allergenic) 4% (W/W) Purified Water Liquid Paraffin Paraffin Wax Beeswax Microcrystalline Wax Sodium Benzoate Linalyl Acetate Propylene Glycol Citric Acid Butylated Hydroxyanisole Sorbitan Sesquioleate Lavender Fragrance.
Sudocrem does have many uses apart from treating nappy rash, these are the treatment of Eczema, bed sores, sunburn, minor burns, surface wounds, acne and chilblains. I do not have personal experience on all of these so to comment would be unfair. I have used it for minor rashes on adults and children, and always with great success. Just apply a thin layer and cover with a light dressing if it would otherwise get wiped off.
Expect to pay around £2.49 for a 125g tub or £4.29 for 250g. It is widely available in most chemists and supermarkets
My nan uses this for her dry skin, she thinks its ace!!!
Your review is good thanks, I am a trying to be mum and am juat getting info at the mo about the products and the dos and donts. Its nice when a review tells you just that little extra about the 'human side' of things (like bums!!) not just the product its self. Thanks Suzanne
herbie1977 10.08.2005 14:35
I've always used this at every nappy change with my 4 & they have never had nappy rash. Great review. Vicki x
bigmamap 19.05.2005 22:09
Totally agree with you. Since i was little there was always a large tub in our house which was used for everything. I couldnt get by without it. big mama p