Bag balm for buttocks- have you ever used this on a parent and does it really help?

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I remember when I was a new grad nurse ...wayyyy back in the 80’s we used bag balm on patients for protection and healing of redness on their buttocks ...is this still used? My patient asked me about it and I haven’t thought of it in years .. have you ever used this on a parent and does it really help? I remember it’s thick and greasy. Thank you all in advance.

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Walmart carries Bag Balm
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I believe I’ve seen it online and places like Amazon. I liked it in the 1980s although I was using it on a toddler’s hinds.
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I've used bag balm on chafed thighs & it's a miracle-24hrs all better. Used it on babies 10yrs ago also worked great on diaper rashes. I've used it on mom but only once, luckily she's still mobile so rashes aren't a problem yet. It worked great that one time though.
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A Home Healthcare LPN told me once that it’s not a good idea to use heavy, greasy ointments on skin because it doesn’t allow the skin to breathe and heal, that it more or less seals in the wetness. She even recommended against Aquaphor. When our case manager came out I asked her and she said that before using anything, the skin needs to be absolutely clean, rinsed and dry. That made sense to me, so that’s what I do now. I’m going to try Bag Balm, too.
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My aunt, an RN, used it on my grandmother when she bedridden. It helped her.
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Here we are:

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The active ingredients of Bag Balm are 8-hydroxyquinoline sulfate 0.3% (antiseptic) in a petroleum jelly USP and lanolin base.

In the past, Bag Balm has been documented as containing 0.005% mercury "from ethylated sterols". Mercury was once used in many products as an effective antiseptic, although much less commonly today, now that the toxic effects of mercury and its compounds are more widely understood. Mercury is no longer listed as an ingredient in Bag Balm.


So it's basically a barrier cream with some extra antiseptic. I'm sure it works! - and while petroleum-derived products might raise some concerns about *very* long-term effects it's not really going to be a problem for the elderly, is it?
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I know that it is good for chapped hands in the winter! I can't think of why it would be a problem anywhere on the body. Butts haven't changed much since the 80's.

Is the redness from being wet? Have you tried diaper rash products? Ask the pharmacist if any are recommended for that use.
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My Dad use to use it. His hands would chap badly in winter, he worked outside. He would use bag balm on his hands. Worked great.
Now on the behind, I don't see why not. 
They still sell it as we bought some a few months ago.
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