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Sudocrem or Petroleum Jelly - what do you use?

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MissyPie Thu 06-Jan-11 20:58:54

Once again my mother has huffed and puffed that I'm not using Sudocrem on my dd's bottom, I told her that it was my decision blah blah blah but she was still a little put out that once again I've not taken her advice.

Anyway, I use Petroleum Jelly - what do you all use? And those of you who use Sudocrem - don't you find it really messy??

I'm not in the habit of running everything past my mother but things just seem to come up in conversation and I always feel guilty that I seem to have gone my own way (for those of you who remember the juice at 11weeks old thread will know what I mean )

Anyhow, I'd be interested to hear your comments, Thanks

mylifewithstrangers Thu 06-Jan-11 20:59:27


MissyPie Thu 06-Jan-11 20:59:33

and FWIW I don't condemn the use of sudocrem, its just not for me

Tee2072 Thu 06-Jan-11 21:00:43

How is sudocrem any messier than petroleum jelly? I mean, use what you want, but I don't get your logic!

I use sudocrem, BTW.

PuppyMonkey Thu 06-Jan-11 21:01:51

I use sudocrem on baby's bum and Vaseline on chapped lips. Would never think of using Vaseline on a baby's bum.

whomovedmychocolate Thu 06-Jan-11 21:03:32

I used sudocrem. Vaseline is harder to get out of clothes than sudocrem.

aPixieInMyCaramelLatte Thu 06-Jan-11 21:03:46

Your mum sounds great with all this advice MissyPie. grin

Waitrose Bottom Butter. (Now) Smells LUSH.

Before I always used Bepanthen.

I could never use Sudocreme for the pure fact it stung like a b* when I put it on a cut or graze so I wasn't going to stick it on a sore baby's bum.

MissyPie Thu 06-Jan-11 21:04:22

I am only putting it out there after a conversation about it with my mum lol.

Put it this way...

If you were to rub sudocrem on your arm and PJ on the other and try to wash both off with warm water - I think you'd find the sudocrem was more difficult to get off, thats my logic....that's all - I'm not here to start a scrap btw - just interested

FannyLogan Thu 06-Jan-11 21:04:31

Waitress baby bottom butter. Its ace.

stickersarecurrency Thu 06-Jan-11 21:05:14

I've always used Sudocrem because it's so amazingly good at fixing sore bums - one smear and by the next change the redness is gone. Vaseline just acts as a barrier surely?

MissyPie Thu 06-Jan-11 21:05:46

lol you wouldn't believe

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 06-Jan-11 21:06:08

Bepanthen when necessary which isn't often.

I've never thought of using vaseline on a little bottom!

aPixieInMyCaramelLatte Thu 06-Jan-11 21:06:41

Snap FannyLogan

I even bought an extra pot to use as mousturiser.

All it contains in Olive oil and Chamomile Oil. Lovely...

Sidge Thu 06-Jan-11 21:09:35

You shouldn't need anything routinely on a baby's bottom. Skin tends to look after itself quite well; products are only needed when skin integrity is damaged, such as with nappy rash or fungal infections.

Vaseline is water repellent so can prevent urine contact with skin. Sudocrem has zinc in it so can aid healing and also acts as a barrier cream, hence why it's harder to wash off.

pythonmum Thu 06-Jan-11 21:10:14

"With my work hat on" I have been told that many cases of nappy rash result from the overexuberant use of creams, ointments, etc as modern nappies are so absorbent that they carry wet away from the bum and the cream getting on the nappy surface prevents that and keeps the bum wetter.

When I worked in a large high street chemist we were told to advise do not use cream unless the skin appears irritated and needs it and even then use it very sparingly or use a non-greasy cream such as Metanium

MissyPie Thu 06-Jan-11 21:10:53

now that i think about it, it was my midwife that recommended the PL on the first home visit, it seems to be working rather well, no sore bottoms in this house (so far at least). maybe this is a bit of a pointless thread, please blame my mother ha ha

flinginghasflung Thu 06-Jan-11 21:11:06

Missypie, I use Vaseline as a matter of course on little bums and lips to stop soreness from wees etc, but if it looks red I use Metanium, but you don't need much, if bits and bobs are a bit red. Always have and my two are long past nappies. Sudocreme smells horrible and when I was a teenager working in an old peoples home it was routinely used in creases and flappy bits. I can't get past that! grin

MooMooFarm Thu 06-Jan-11 21:11:07

I would use nothing if there was no sign of any rashes. If there were I would then use a very thin layer of sudocrem, as vaseline doesn't really help treat them.

SlightlyMadSpook Thu 06-Jan-11 21:12:43

Nothing.....unless there was any evidence of a rash coming up.

schroeder Thu 06-Jan-11 21:14:37

Conotrane never even tried sudocrem.

I don't think petroleum jelly is suitable as nappy cream is it?confused
It would clog up the nappies, especially cloth ones I think.

DilysPrice Thu 06-Jan-11 21:16:09

I didn't use anything unless there was a hint of a rash, in which case I used a smear of either sudocreme or bepanthen, whichever I had to hand. Both seemed to work equally well, but I only ever got through tiny amounts.

Elsa123 Thu 06-Jan-11 22:26:59

Vaseline does help with redness. I had an awful face rash once and vaseline cleared it right up. My DD is in a pavlik harness for hip dysplasia and vaseline is recommended by the physios for any chafing.

I was put off sudocrem by the the amount of ingredients and all the alcohol in it as I'm a sensitive soul (eczema ridden) and it stings my hands. I use Boots own Zinc and Castor Oil cream and its fab. I only use it when I see any red bits and it gets rid of them overnight and there is no problem with the nappy absorbing the wee. I also had a badly cracked lip and one application of this stuff and it healed overnight. I thoroughly recommend it and its only got a smattering of natural ingredients and its cheaper than other brands. I don't work for Boots I'm just impressed that an old fashioned cheap option works so well. I have not been challenged by a major nappy rash occurrence though.

TickettyBoo Thu 06-Jan-11 22:48:45

I only use creams if she looks a bit red as I heard it can actually cause nappy rash if used too much as it blocks the pores (never researched it myself so no idea if this is balls but she's ok so far! lol), but when I do use a cream I use sudocrem or zinc and caster oil cream x

stressheaderic Thu 06-Jan-11 22:53:25

I never really used anything as DD's bum was always fine, but she has terrible nappy rash at the moment (10mo).
I'm trying to let her have plenty of nappy off time but she is scratching herself and making it worse. I'm using Metanium at the moment, have head it's brilliant, it is clearing up slightly.

Porcelain Fri 07-Jan-11 00:02:55

If his bum looks sore I use lashings of boots zinc and castor oil cream. It cleans off easier than sudocrem and seems to make his bum happier faster.

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