Which do you think is better when changing your baby? Powder or an ointment such

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  1. Skylar Spring profile image73
    Skylar Springposted 5 years ago

    Which do you think is better when changing your baby? Powder or an ointment such as A&D or Desitin?

    I personally prefer ointments but some parents believe powder is the way to go. What do you think?

  2. Mom Kat profile image79
    Mom Katposted 5 years ago

    I rarely used either with my 6 kids.  When I did, it depended upon the reason for using it.

    Powders are to keep the area dry, so if the baby has a heat rash this would be the way to go.

    Ointments are to keep a layer of protection between the baby's bottom and the area around, so if the baby has a rash caused by acidic bowels or potent urine, this would be the way to go.

    If the baby has a yeast based rash, then medicated powder was prescribed by the doctor, or a medicated ointment, depending on what worked better for each child.

    1. kimberlie33 profile image60
      kimberlie33posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ive always used ointments as well, but usually only for diaper rash.  Usually desitin extra strength does the trick, but my pediatrician said to use borax butt paste with vaseline. The vaseline creates a seal that protects the skin if the Baby wets.

  3. tussin profile image58
    tussinposted 5 years ago

    As momkat said, you need both but for different circumstances.  They do different things and it isn't always necessary to use either of them. Ask your pediatrician for guidance in this matter.

  4. Monique Graham profile image60
    Monique Grahamposted 5 years ago

    Wow I have not changed a diaper in ages. 

    However when my children were young I used A&D.  I liked it because as mentioned earlier it provided a barrier. I was never really fond of the thick ointments because it would sometimes be hard to clean, especially if my baby had a rash. 

    The last thing I ever wanted to do was cause more irritation to an area which was already irritated.

  5. tiffany delite profile image74
    tiffany deliteposted 5 years ago

    I would say most definitely oinment. Powder may be used occasionally if prescribed by a doctor, but the "puff" powder leaves isn't really good for baby (or you) to be breathing on a regular basis.


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