Our first pediatrician didn't like any diaper rash ointment and suggested using petroleum jelly instead. I have found that it works very well to prevent diaper rash and also clears it up at the early stages. However, if your baby has a bad case of diaper rash, you would need something stronger.
I have to agree with Kristin. If you're looking to prevent diaper rash, go for cheap, generic brand petroleum jelly. If you're trying to treat a rash, I don't know what to tell you. I've always used Desitin and I almost always have a $1 off coupon lying around. Comes in all those coupon packs you get in the mail.
I have found that equate sinc oxide cream which is about 3 or 4 dollars canadian at wal-mart and can be found cheap just about everywhere. I have yet to have a diaper rash on my son and he is 5 months old. I also pile that white goopy stuff on though and we go through about a 250 g jar of it every 2-3 months. Not really bad price. I tried petroleum jelly but he started to get a rash and I switched right away. Our doctor said that zinc oxide cream the no-name stuff is the best for getting rid of the rashes unless you strip your child naked for hours at a time and let them pee on the floor
HI. ONE OF MY GIRL FRIENDS TOLD ME ABOUT A CREAM YOU CAN GET AT WALMART. IT IS COW CREAM. IT IS BY THE COSMETICS.
I HAVENT TRYED IT, BUT I HEARD IT FROM A FEW PEOPLE. I PERSONNALY FIND DESITIN TO BE THE BEST YET. I THINK YOUR BEST BET IS TO TRY THE CHEAPEST AND THEN WORK YOUR WAY UP TILL YOU FIND WHAT WORKS BEST. BECAREFUL THOUGH, BEFORE YOU BUY YOUR CREAMS MAKE SURE TO SMELL THEM. I FOUND SOME OF THEM SMELL LIKE DEAD FISH (NOT TO MAKE YOU SICK) HOPE THIS HELPS.
Porter's Linament Salve!! It will clear a bad diaper rash in no time. You can get it at Wal-Mart pharmacy, for about a $1.25. It comes in a small tin, I've had mine for almost a year!! The smell isn't that bad, better than Desitin. Almost a minty smell. But I'm telling you it works!! You hae to order it.
My daughter had a reaction to a medication and got severe diaper rash. Her doctor recommended DYPROTEX. You can get it at any drugstore (around $5). It is thicker than Desitin and does not sting at all. It comes in little packets that has a sponge applicator -- it's much cleaner to use than anything else in a jar or tube. I now use it all the time.
Caldicene Powder. It's in a pink canister. This stuff works wonders. It is a little pricey but it really works. If your baby has a bad diaper rash, you might want to call her doctor and ask him/her to prescribe Nystatin Ointment. That'll clear it right up. Hope this helps