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Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream
Member Name: jo1976
Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream
Date: 30/10/10, updated on 28/07/13 (368 review reads)
Advantages: Versatile antiseptic cream, lovely smell
Disadvantages: Not available to buy in teeny tiny pots!
As a mother of three children, I'm very familiar with Sudocrem, a simple antiseptic cream that has been used for generations - for over 70 years in fact. It is a bright white, extremely thick cream with an unmistakeable lavender fragrance which immediately reminds me of babies' bottoms!
Sudocrem is primarily known as an effective barrier cream used on babies' bottoms to prevent and treat nappy rash. Sudocrem know their market well and every Mum to be recieves a tiny little 15g pot of this cream in their Bounty pack both before and after their baby is born. This little tub looks like it contains hardly any cream at all but it is surprising just how long it lasts for as only a tiny amount is needed on a baby's bum. I love these miniature pots and think they are a great size and I currently have one in both my changing basket at home and in my changing bag so I've always got some to hand, just in case. I wish the cream was available to buy in this size as it so convenient. Unfortunately the cream usually comes in quite generous sized pots of either 250g or 125g which last me literally for years!
Fortunately, none of my boys have been particularly prone to nappy rash, despite having sensitive skin. Whilst sudocrem can be used as a preventative measure and applied at every single nappy change to stop any irritation occurring from urine or baby poo, I tend not to bother. I only use sudocrem on my little one's bottom if I see any signs of redness happening and find that a tiny little smear is enough to nip this in the bud. I use disposable nappies and find that they absorb the contents of my son's nappies so well that sudocrem isn't really needed on a regular basis. A barrier cream is more of an essential when using reusable nappies as the urine isn't drawn away from their skin in the same way.
I've found that nappy rash is more of an issue when my boys get older, particularly during the early weaning stage when their poo starts to change as new foods are introduced. Certain foods seem to be acidic and nappy rash can flare up quite quickly without the usual gradual build-up. I can remember my oldest son had really nasty welts on his little bum that just appeared in the space in the space of one nappy change, when he was being weaned. I found that sudocrem helped to soothe and ease the initial irritation and helped to relieve the soreness completely over a few days. Fortunately, this wasn't a common occurence but it may be worth using sudocrem regularly as a preventative measure during the weaning stages.
As well as a nappy cream, sudocrem is a useful cream to have in any household as it has quite a wide range of uses. It can be used to treat sunburn, eczema and even cuts and grazes. I tend to use this as an emergency treatment for my eczema. I have very sensitive skin, especially on my face and I have regular outbursts around the sides of my nose where my eczema forms dry scabs. As you can imagine this is really sore as well as being very unsightly! I've successfully used sudocrem as a sort of face mask around the sore area. As it's a barrier cream it isn't really absorbed into the skin very well, instead it just forms a soothing white layer on top. (I wouldn't recommend wearing it before going out in public though as it isn't a very discreet treatment!)
I find that it really helps to bring down the angry red stage and I then use a moisturiser (such as Diprobase) afterwards as sudocrem doesn't actually moisturise. This is also successful on my middle son's cheeks as he often wakes up with an angry red patch of eczema. A layer of this helps to soothe his inflamed skin amazingly quickly. It's worth pointing out that it can sting slightly on application, if used on broken skin. This wears off very quickly though and I've discovered from the sudocrem website that it actually contains a weak local anaesthetic which explains how this soothes sore patches so effectively.
http://www.sudocrem.co.uk/what-is-sudocrem.html gives lots more information about the ingredients used and their effects. Reading that makes me appreciate sudocrem even more!
Available from most chemists and supermarkets for around £3.50 for a 250g pot which will last for years. (I'm still using the pot I bought when my three year old was a baby!) Fortunately, the cream doesn't deteriorate once opened and has an extremely long use by date.
I'd recommend keeping a pot of this versatile little cream in the house, even if you don't have any little bottoms to wipe! It's worth it for the evocative fragrance alone, let alone the numerous uses it has!
Summary: Recommended for every household
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