Many zinc ointments contain petrolatum (Vaseline) and lanolin. Vaseline penetrates well into the skin and strengthens the skin barrier. Wool wax, also called lanolin, has excellent water-absorbing properties and cares for the skin. Lanolin is also contained in greasy or healing wool, which is an insider tip for reddened areas. Parents put the washed but otherwise natural sheep’s wool into the fresh nappy. There, the wool creates an air cushion that allows the skin to breathe better. However, some children are allergic to wool wax. In these cases, both wool and lanolin should be avoided.
In the early stages of nappy dermatitis, PTA can recommend creams, moist compresses or sitz baths with natural or synthetic tanning agents (as in Tannolact®, Tannosynt® liquid or Tannosynt® cream). They have an astringent and anti-inflammatory effect. Some protective and caring ointments additionally pamper baby’s skin with dexpanthenol (as in Bepanthen® Wound and Healing Ointment), beeswax or plant extracts and oils (as in Weleda® Calendula Wound Protection Cream, Multilind® DermaCare Protect Care Cream). Cod liver oil and urea (as in Mirfulan® Wound and Healing Ointment, Desitin® Ointment) help the skin to regenerate.
When on the way, appropriate care sprays (such as Desitin® Ointment Spray or Mirfulan® Spray N) are a good addition to the diaper bag. On the other hand, baby powder, which is popular with some people, is obsolete because the risk of perspiration is too great and lumps can form that chafe the skin.
|Wundschutzcreme||wound protection cream, rash cream|
|Zinksalbe||zink oxide paste/cream, zink ointment|
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Constipation in children
Medicine, nutrition – and a lot of patience
Aus unserer Serie »English Lesson«: Constipation can torment sufferers immensely. The constant squeezing during the rarely successful sessions promotes the leakage of haemorrhoidal cushions and can lead to anal fissures.
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Take the first symptoms seriously
Aus unserer Serie »English Lesson«: Varicose veins and vein changes are widespread. According to the German Society for Phlebology, 20 to 30 percent of adults in Germany have varicose veins that require treatment.
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Caring for wounds properly
The first wave of euphoria about the baby may make you forget about painful lesions in the genital area. But birth-related injuries need care. Classics from the pharmacy can help.