Bag Balm: The Miracle Cure for Diaper Rash


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?”

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