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Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream
Member Name: Jenny_Summers
Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream
Advantages: lots of uses, lasts ages, good on sensetive skin, works well
Disadvantages: none that I can think of
For as long as I can remember there has been a tub of Sudocrem in the 'medicine box' at my mum's house.. Whenever I see the chunky grey Sudocrem tub with it's big red and white label it always makes me think of home and being a child. We (my sister and I ) were never 'Calpol babies' by any means, our mum didn't dose us up to the eyeballs with medicines at the merest sniffle, but she did, however send us off to fetch the Sudocrem for just about every ailment you can imagine.
The front of the tub has an extensive list of uses including nappy rash, eczema and minor burns. The list of uses we have found for Sudocrem however is somewhat more substantial. Over the years we have used it for everything from insect bites, sweat rash, heat rash, cuts, chaffing and all other obvious uses to things a little more obscure such as spot treatment, face moisturizer and to soothe the redness caused from plucking eyebrows. My mum has even used it on her 3 dogs! It works wonders on a bump to prevent a bruise and will even make an existing bruise go down faster.
If there was such thing as a 'cure-all' Sudocrem is as close to being it as is possible. It's anti-septic and even contains a mild anesthetic to help relive pain and soreness.
Sodocrem is what's known as a barrier cream, this means that instead of sinking into your skin and disappearing it sits on the surface. This is one of the reasons it's so great as a nappy cream because it actually forms a water repellent barrier between baby's skin and the wetness. This makes it less likely for, your little one to get a sore bum in the first place and less likely for a sore bum to become further irritated. It also promotes healing and contains benzyl benzoate and benzyl cinnamate (ingredients of Balsam of Peru) which are supposed to have healing properties.
The design of the Sudocrem tub doesn't seem to have changed much, if at all, over the years. If we hadn't used it for everything I'd believe it was the same tub of Sudocrem that has always sat my mum's medicine box. Although it doesn't look particularly flashy or modern I like the tub, it makes me think of medicine and all the writing is clear easy to see. Apart from the travel size versions, the lid of the cream is initially attached with one of those pull tabs. I don't normally like these but through all the tubs we've ever had I've only had 2 where the tab hasn't completely come off properly.
The cream itself is white in color and stays white on your skin after use, it's also great at leaving white residue on clothes and soft furnishings, particularly if your little one gets hold of some and goes on a rampage! It doesn't have a strong smell, but it is very distinctive. It smells medicinal, but not in a bad way, and has a hint of lavender.
Sudocrem is available in a variety of sizes ranging from the 60g travel, right the way up to a whopping 400g tub. It is also available in squeezable tubes although I'm not so keen on these and more recently a squirty mousse. A 400g tub lasts us for approximately 3 or 4 months and that's with heavy usage. If you were to use it purely as a nappy cream I would estimate it to easily last 6 months+ if not a great deal longer as a little really does go a long way.
The price of Sudocrem varies between retailers (it is widely available at most chemists, supermarkets and even some corner shops) and depending on current offers, but at boots where I usually buy it, it costs me just over £6 for the big 400g tub. As with most things buying in larger quantities is cheaper in the long run and the bigger tubs represent better value. Although this may seem expensive, I find I use far less than other cheaper creams and it has far more uses.
As with all medicines it is possible to suffer side effects and the included leaflet should be read thoroughly to identify any possible allergens. However, my family are terrible for sensitive skin and my son is allergic to anything even remotely scented but we have had no reactions at all when using Sudocrem and have even used it to soothe his face when he gets a mild reaction to tomatoes.
Sudocrem is a must have for all households, particularly those with babies and small children. I'd never be without it and have several pots about the house and a travel size tub in my handbag at all times just incase. It's definitely on my top 10 list of parents essentials and I would recommend it highly to everyone!
Summary: A brilliant familly cream that soothes and heals!
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