Bag Balm: The Miracle Cure for Diaper Rash

by Laura Christianson

Bag_balmWhen we adopted our sons (who were newborns) both of them came with terrible diaper rash. We’re talking the swollen, bleeding variety. Every time I changed their diapers, I’d cringe at their piteous cries as I gently cleansed their little bottoms with clean, wet, warm washcloths (diaper wipes only exacerbated the problem).

I slathered on every diaper rash ointment the stores sold, to no avail. Then someone recommended I try Bag Balm. I’d never heard of Bag Balm, and I was horrified when I learned that vets use it on cow’s udders. COW’S UDDERS!

But, low and behold, they sold Bag Balm in funky little green tin boxes in the supermarket, so I invested in some and gingerly coated their tender buns with the stuff (which smells awful, by the way…but hey, it’s used on cow udders, and do cows really care about the smell?). It worked wonders. Their diaper rashes disappeared in days. That Vaseline-like substance is truly a miracle cure for diaper rash.

Tonight, my son (now 11 years old) was asking what he should use to lubricate the slide on his trombone. My husband (who has a master’s degree in instrumental music but teaches math) said he used to use cold cream on his trombone slide. He asked me if I had any.

“No,” I replied. “But I have Bag Balm. Would that work?”

Please share your favorite miracle cures, home remedies, and parenting tips in the Comments area, so we can learn from (and laugh with) each other!

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e-Mom November 8, 2007 at 11:25 PM

Hi Laura,
This is too funny! I remember hearing about Bag Balm on the radio, and trying it for diaper rash too. I do remember that awful smell.
I don’t remember the outcome of my Bag Balm experiment, but I recall that Desitin worked very well on my kids little bottoms. (Can you believe we used it on our faces as “clown white” in high school?)
Anyhoo, I’ve tagged you for a meme, if you have the time and/or the inclination.
Trusting you are well!

Cheryl November 9, 2007 at 5:32 AM

Butt Paste worked well for my daughter’s little bottom; also a bad name but good product! For scars, I’ve had a very reputable plastic surgeon tell me to throw away the Mederma and use good ‘ole cocoa butter with Vitamin E.
You made me ponder the “smells” from childhood. Remember Vick’s Vapor Rub (still available I’m sure)? That always smelled so good when a cold wouldn’t allow you to breathe!

Laura Christianson November 9, 2007 at 9:07 AM

Butt Paste??!! Now that sounds interesting.
Isn’t it funny how smells bring back so many memories? I have a giant container of Vicks Vapo-Rub in my medicine cabinet. Whenever anyone catches a cold, we break it out and slather the stinky stuff on our chests and even put a blob in the vaporizer.
I’ve even been known to rub some right beneath my nostrils (which is probably highly illegal and bad for me) to help me breathe.

Lauren Beyenhof November 19, 2007 at 9:40 PM

I’ve also seem the miracle of Butt Paste in action on my little nephew! The name is hilarious; but it’s no laughing matter how great the stuff works.

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