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What is diaper rash?

Urine breakdown is the common denominator underlying the various causes of diaper rash. Urinary wetness can raise the skin pH and compromise the skins protective ability, thereby rendering it more penetrable. With the skin in this somewhat damaged condition, stool enzymes or other irritants then damage the skin even further. The stratum corneum, the skins protective layer, made up of dead skin cells, can be easily breached by all of t he aforementioned factors. With the damage to the stratum corneum, yeast, fungus, and bacteria can easily invade the skin, making the rash more recalcitrant and less responsive to usual treatments.

Diaper dermatitis, commonly known as diaper rash is an irritation of the skin covering the peri-anal area (groin, stomach, upper thighs, and buttocks). It occurs mostly in infants up until the age when they no longer wear diapers. It may also occur in the elderly or immobile and can become infected if not treated properly.

Prevention is the best treatment for diaper dermatitis, commonly called diaper rash. It is important to keep your baby’s diaper area clean and dry at all times, and apply a thin film of Grandma El’s Diaper Ointment with every diaper change. Should diaper rash symptoms appear, treating it immediately is imperative to assure your baby’s comfort, health, and happiness

If your baby begins to get the symptoms of diaper rash, you are not alone. Diaper rash is quite common in newborns even up to the age of 3. Your baby’s skin is soft and also very sensitive. The basic causes are:

1. Wetness; when the skin comes into contact with urine or feces, the ammonia formed by urine breakdown affects the skin almost immediately, making it susceptible to bacterial or fungal override which will make this uncomfortable condition worse.

2. The rubbing of the diapers on the skin also create chafing effect which can also cause a rash. This is sometimes caused by diapers that are too tight.

3. Chemicals or fragrances from a diaper, detergent, or lotion or cream can also cause a rash called contact dermatitis.

4. Changing a diet has also been linked to diaper rash as new foods are introduced.

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Symptoms & Types of Diaper Rash

This common rash can occur when a baby spends too much time in a wet, dirty diaper.
·Appearance- The peri-anal area and skin folds on the thighs may appear both puffy and red.
·Treatment- This uncomfortable condition can be healed by thoroughly cleansing and drying the area and applying a thin coat of Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention with every diaper change.

This common form of diaper rash is known to affect mostly every baby at some time or another. The areas that are more often affected are the areas where friction is most likely to occur (the inner thighs, or beneath the elastic areas of diapers that may be too tight).
·Appearance – You will notice that the skin will be red and irritated. If the condition worsens, the skin may peel, blister or even slough off.
·Treatment – As always, continue to change diapers frequently and cleanse the area thoroughly while allowing the area to ‘air out’ if possible, and apply a thin coat of Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention with every diaper change.

This rash can occur within the skin folds and creases in and around the diaper area especially where the skin rubs together. It is exacerbated by the combination of heat mixed with urine and wetness.
·Appearance – You will notice a red, burn-like appearance.
·Treatment – After changing diaper and cleansing area, apply a thin coat of Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention

This can be a painful rash causing the skin to become very tender. Yeast normally occurs in a baby, but when combined with wet diapers, this yeast can become invasive to the cracks in the skin and grow. This is common when using antibiotics because antibiotics hinder the growth of bacteria which would normally help the yeast maintain the correct balance between pH, yeast, and bacteria.
·Appearance – you will notice small red, raised, spots with sharp borders that multiply creating a bright patchy red rash. It occurs mostly over the genitalia, but you may notice other spots surrounding the peri-anal area.
·Treatment – continue to cleanse area and frequently change diapers and use Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention. Also, it is recommended that you use an anti-fungal cream.

This type of diaper rash occurs when bacteria begins to attack the skin.
·Appearance – You will notice red blisters or pimples that may be filled with and ooze yellow puss. You may also notice the surrounding area to become quite red.
·Treatment – It is important to consult with your doctor. Antibiotic ointments are usually used to treat this, as well as being extra careful to maintain absolute cleanliness.

It is thought that overactive oil glands in the skin play a large part in this type of rash. It usually is relegated to the scalp. Seborrhea sometimes accompanies diaper rash in infants. ·Appearance – You will notice a large, inflamed, rough rash which is red in color and appears greasy. You may also notice yellowish colored scales on the skin. This can occur over the entire peri-anal area as well.
·Treatment – You may apply hydrocortisone 1% cream following directions on the package, followed with a thin layer of Grandma El’s. . Also, it is recommended that you use an anti-fungal cream such as Clotrimazole or Nystatin. If the condition persists for more than 5-7 days, consult your doctor.

When your baby begins to eat different types of foods, it is possible for these foods to cause irritation to their bottom. This can occur more frequently with foods that are more acidic.
·Appearance – you may notice a red ring surrounding the baby’s anal area.
·Treatment – Stop feeding your baby the foods which may be causing the rash, and use Grandma El’s with every diaper change. It is possible that the foods ingested by a mom who is breastfeeding may be the cause, so consider changing your diet too

This stubborn rash is difficult to treat successfully.
·Appearance – Signs of Psoriasis can usually be seen as dark red area with sharp borders or as silvery scales on the trunk, scalp, or face.
·Treatment – Continue to keep the affected area clean and dry and apply a light film of Grandma El’s to the skin lesions.

This type of rash usually occurs when using soaps, wipes, detergents, or some medicines on the skin or also when the skin area comes into contact with stool enzymes for an extended period of time. It can also be caused by the breakdown of urine into ammonia with the ammonia being the primary irritant.

How it Works

Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Ointment is a Soothing & Healing Ointment. This unique Pediatrician Tested product has been used by Grandma El since 1974 to successfully treat and heal diaper rash.

Grandma El’s creates a skin softening, protective barrier which prevents wetness and stool enzymes from coming into contact with your baby’s bottom, while allowing the skin to breathe; something no other product offers. Grandma El’s promotes the growth of new skin collagen, which helps the healing process.

Grandma El has put an end to the white, messy paste, lotions, and creams. Grandma El’s knows that for the skin to heal, it needs to breathe. Other products coat the skin, and stop the skin from breathing, thereby slowing the healing process. Grandma El’s patented formula lets your baby’s skin breathe as it protects.

Grandma El’s may also help with the following:

· Preventing skin breakdown

· Healing irritation and chapping

· Promoting the growth of new skin collagen

· Soothing and softens baby’s skin making for a comforting experience

· Allowing skin to ‘breathe’ while protecting the skin from wetness and bacterial contamination Stopping redness, itching, pain, and soreness

1. Always apply a thin coat of Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention to the peri-anal (diaper) area with each and every diaper change.
2. Always use Grandma El’s Gentle Baby Cleanser when bathing your little one. The natural ingredients will assure your baby the safest experience.
3. Change your baby’s diapers frequently, at least every 2 hours with newborns. As your baby begins to urinate less often, so will the frequency of changing the diapers.
4. Be sure to change dirty diapers immediately to prevent urine from coming into contact with the skin. Applying Grandma El’s will also help in creating a barrier to keep the urine from coming into contact with the skin.
5. Consider changing the brand of diapers you use. A better fit means more comfort. You wouldn’t want to wear pants that are too tight yourself.
6. If you are using cloth diapers, be sure to clean them thoroughly before use.
7. Be sure to clean and dry the entire peri-anal area thoroughly when changing diapers
8. If possible, cleanse the area with a wash cloth or cotton balls. If you must use wipes, try and use wipes that are all natural and unscented as some baby’s can become allergic to preservatives and fragrances found in some wipes.
9. When changing diapers, try and give your baby’s bottom some time exposed to the air, in their ‘birthday suit’. This can help the healing process along.

1. Do not use a thick paste or cream which will not allow your baby’s skin to breathe.
2. Some people will tell you to use generous amounts of cream, paste, or lotion on an affected area. Adding more is not the answer as this will prevent much needed air to contact the skin. Applying a thin coat of Grandma El’s is the answer.
3. Do not mix together household items that you think will heal or dry the affected area. You can make the condition much worse. Leave it to the pros. Your neighbor that mixes a few things together from the refrigerator is not a pro!
4. Do not rub the area to dry it, gently pat the area dry.
5. Most pediatricians suggest avoiding the use of talcum powder and cornstarch as the possibilities exist that they can cause respiratory problems and the formation of yeast respectively.

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Grandma El’s ® Diaper Rash Ointment 3.75oz Jar

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Active Ingredients:

Petrolatum 75.95%

Lanolin 15.5%

Other ingredients: Cetyl Esters NF, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Ethyl Methylphenylglycidate.

Other Uses

  • Cradle Cap

  • Chapped Cheeks

  • Sunburn

  • Dry Nose

  • Eczema

  • Cracked Heels

  • Cuticles

  • Rough Elbows

  • Heat Rash

  • Stretch Marks

  • Cold Sores

  • Razor Burn

  • Chapped Lips

  • Cuts & Scrapes

  • Burns

  • Dry Patches


It is hands down the BEST diaper rash remedy (& is also cloth diaper safe!)! I also use it for my heel, which has had a skin graft and gets extremely dry & cracked. It works better than prescription creams to keep the skin healthy & moisturized.

Brenda Pierce Barnhart

This is my absolute favorite stuff, and CD safe!!!

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