Magic ointment recommendations for Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt's diaper rash

Brad Pitt shared in his October Esquire magazine interview that his and Angelina Jolie‘s baby daughter Shiloh Nouvel has some awful diaper rash. He said, "She’s got horrible diaper rash, poor thing. Same with Zahara when we picked her up in Ethiopia.She had such a bad rash, it looked almost disfiguring. We’ve triedeverything—every cream, every salve, every natural product. We haven’tfound the magic ointment. Yet."

The majority of babies experiences diaper rash at one time or another during their diaper wearing years; however, it occurs most frequently between 6-12 months of age. Prolonged contact between baby’s delicate skin, urine (decomposed into ammonia), stools (containing irritating enzymes), and diaper friction can result in diaper rash which ranges from mild to severe.

More than 900 of People magazine’s readers to the rescue who wrote in to suggest remedies but the most popular suggestion was Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. A 4 ounce tube of this Zinc Oxide (16%) ointment sells for $8.99 at

Luckily, Anya has suffered very little from diaper rash, but we’ve had success with Pinxav which contains 30% zinc oxide. It’s pricier than your typical ointment ($12 per tube when you buy 2, $10 when you buy 4 but you get free sample sizes and free shipping) but it works!

I also love the way Burt’s Bees Baby Bee diaper ointment smells- like lavender. It too has zinc oxide but doesn’t say what percentage.

I haven’t used it myself but the folks at Mustela say that their Stelactiv skin protectant cream from their new Dermo-Pediatrics line will cure Shiloh’s persistent diaper rash. Stelactiv neutralizes the three enzymes that cause diaper rash, lipase, urease and protease, while other creams only act on two. They’ve even sent some to Brad and Angelina to try. (For daily protection of the diaper area or slight redness, they recommend using their Mustela Vitamin Barrier Cream.)

When Desitin just won’t do, what do you recommend for tricky diaper rash?

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