As my firstborn Sam (now at 16 months) was diagnosed with chronic eczema when he was an infant, I am relatively cautious with the type of creams I apply on his body. I have tried and tested many barrier creams and nappy rash creams in the market, but they have not been effective on Sam’s skin. Just like what I did with all the other nappy rash treatment creams, I did a background check and my own research on Bepanthen® before trying it out on Sam.
When I first got to know that the Bepanthen® Nappy Cream Ointment is a non-fragrant, non-colorant (pigment) product, free from parabens (a type of chemical preservative) and other preservatives, it gave me the first level of assurance that the cream was safe for Sam’s sensitive eczema skin. Unlike the other barrier creams that I have tried, Bepanthen® has a silky and smoother texture feel.
For babies… and mummies too!
Nipple creams have been my best friends ever since I embarked on my breastfeeding journey as I absolutely fear sore or cracked nipples. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised to find out Bepanthen® also contains a natural active ingredient (dexpanthenol), suitable for mothers who have sore or cracked nipples caused by breastfeeding. A dual function cream, this is a plus point for breastfeeding mothers. Currently expecting my second child, I tried the cream and it helped to moisturize the dry areas and eased the soreness.
Letting your baby skin breathe
Unlike conventional thick pastes, Bepanthen® is transparent, has no special fragrance and is not as oily as other fragrance-free creams. It doesn’t make my skin feel ‘clogged’. It has a more breathable texture, allowing the skin to breathe and keeping Sam’s bottoms healthy. Furthermore, I only needed a small dap (about the size of a 5-cent coin) for my boy’s entire nappy area.
Rash no more
I tried the ointment on Sam’s bottom where there was visible irritated nappy rash. After two hours, I was surprised to find the rash clearing up and looking less reddish and fierce as it did before. After trying out the product for a couple of days, I also noticed it helped to keep his nappy area moisturized, and even healed some of the mild rashes that he had earlier. I tried it on a fiercer rash that looked like hives, which he had due to an episode of high fever (like Roseola) but the rashes didn’t go away overnight after the application. Perhaps the rash needed something stronger or time to heal.
- It has a natural ingredient, dexpanthenol, a pro-vitamin B5, which encourages regeneration of skin cells allowing better protection and healing of baby’s skin
- It can be used as a barrier cream for babies and a nipple cream for mothers
- It is Fragrance and parabens-free, making it safe for sensitive babies’ skin
- More affordable than other creams (The recommended selling price of Bepanthen® Ointment is $8.50 per 30g unit)
- As it is ointment based, you may find Bepanthen® slightly oiler than other baby creams
- You will have to try the product to determine the suitability and effectiveness for your baby as different babies may respond differently to the products in the market
If you are looking for a suitable barrier cream for your baby’s delicate skin, I would recommend parents to try a fragrance and parabens-free one such as Bepanthen® as they are generally safer for babies with eczema or sensitive skin. I would definitely give this cream a shot for my second baby due in August!
Bepanthen® product is clinically proven to both prevent and treat nappy rash. The product contains 5% of dexpanthenol, a Pro-Vitamin B5, which is known for its skin healing and repairing properties. The presence of this natural ingredient gently aids natural recovery of sensitive skin while keeping it soft, smooth and moisturized.
Free sample! Exclusive for The New Age Parents fans and readers
The New Age Parents will be giving away a Bepanthen® Ointment (30g) and a limited edition Bepanthen® Diaper Clutch to our readers and fans. More details will be announced on 13 May 2013. Stay tuned! (Note: All 300 samples have been redeemed.)
Where to buy
Bepanthen® can be found in leading Guardian, Watsons, Unity, Giant Hypermarket, NTUC Fairprice stores, & Hospital Pharmacies. Coming soon in all Cold Storage outlets too.
By Yvonne Chee