Bum cream? I salute you!

When I was in hospital after having my first son a kind lady popped her head round the door and handed me the bounty pack (in Britain all mum’s are given a plastic bag full of leaflets and ‘stuff’ from companies promoting their goods. Some of it’s good, some of it’s rubbish) in which I delved in to have a look and see what it was all about. There was a free nappy –very clever pampas to get us all hooked from day 1 as I’ve never really used anything else! – leaflets about anything from breastfeeding to depression and just at the bottom was a tiny pot of cream in a little grey tub with a bright red label and white writing. This cream was to become my friend and a very good one at that…

Sudocrem is an ‘antiseptic healing cream’ which, as I’ve found out, can be used just about anywhere on your body that you need to be mended. We’ve used it for chapped lips, sores on hands and knees, rashes and also sore baby bottoms. Although the boys never got proper full on serious nappy rash just occasionally they became red and sore so the cream was slathered on. You quickly learn with Sudocrem that you need a cloth next to you when you apply it, or at the very least a wet wipe, as it’s so thick in consistency that it coats whatever it comes into contact with making your hands, lips, knees and their bottoms bright white with a greasy texture. Once you’ve applied the cream to a wriggling baby without anything to wipe your hands with you learn about the cloth and from then on it’s always at hand.

We’ve used other healing creams but none seem to do the job quite as efficiently or quickly as after application and a night’s sleep the problem almost always seems to have gone and for that it’s fabulous. No more sore lips, red knees or bottoms. In our house it’s called ‘bum cream’ as that’s where we started using it for the boys and as each new boy has arrived the older ones knew what the ‘bum cream’ was, where it was kept and they could go and get it for us in times of need. I also know of other families where they children knew where it was and several have had a very happy 10 minutes covering themselves in the thick white cream as it’s fab for making mohicans and other sticky up hairstyles. It’s great for smearing down walls and it’s amazing to put on the carpet and build mini sculptures with as that thickness lends itself perfectly! Oh yes parents, be warned, the fascination for the cream isn’t just for you as your little will have a curiosity about it too…

It’s been known as the ‘bum cream’ for as long as we’ve had children but it’s now moving on to being used for grazed knees and sore lips (I say sore lips but really with Henry it’s the bright red ring that surrounds his lips caused by him licking them in the Winter) which, if you put it on at night, makes the soreness go by morning. The only problem being is that as we’ve called it the ‘bum cream’ the boys are now looking at it with a mixture of repulsion and confusion as just why on earth would mummy be putting stuff that should go on their bottoms onto their faces?? I’ve tried to re-introduce the bum cream as healing cream but they do look at me like I’m nuts.

I’d recommend this cream to any new parent. Well, I say parent when, in fact, anyone could use it. I’ve even known a lady use it on her horse’s nose as it kept getting sores and it worked pretty well there too. So really it should be; when healing is required, this cream will do the trick. I just wouldn’t start calling it ‘bum cream…’


About littlewhitecottage

Emma is a qualified teacher with 14 years of teaching in many different settings. From teaching adults and children at a music school to choosing to work in a demanding primary school that was failing (which meant moving from an outstanding school – her colleagues were aghast!) to running her own sewing business for the last 5 ½ years teaching all ages how to sew: Emma loves to teach.
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10 Responses to Bum cream? I salute you!

  1. Stocki says:

    I remember the little baby pack including the ‘Bum Cream’! Sadly our family didn’t take quite so well to it (unlike the Pampers)… we are a sensitive lot… so we substituted Vaseline for all of our ills… but basically the rest of the story is the same… and when I was one I was the one who smeared the freshly decorated wall by my cot with Vaseline (copying my Dad painting I like to think)! Thanks for making me smile this morning…and may all of your bums and lips and other bits pass smoothley through Christmas 🙂 Hugs, Jill x

  2. Inez says:

    Its also amazing for spots! One starts to show up and the miracle cream will have removed it within a few hours 🙂 x x

  3. weblette says:

    It is indeed very good for wannabe Elvis impersonators. It took ages to get out of 3-yo dd’s then-curly hair. The carpet also enjoyed a thick coating and while the texture on that spot was never quite the same, the room never lost its lovely lavender Sudocrem aroma.

  4. We’re big fans of ‘Bum Cream’ in our house too – I once had to deal with the contents of a nappy slathered all over the cot, walls & baby – in that instance, it was the wrong sort of bum cream! the other sort would have been much better to deal with!

  5. Iren Hook says:

    In our house we call it “Ball-y cream”!

  6. Lorna R says:

    My family call it ‘bum cream’ too!!

  7. Lou says:

    Love it here too!! we use it for all sorts, its fab for my eczema!

  8. Moi says:

    We call it ‘magic cream’ here.

  9. PollyAnnie says:

    It is brilliant as a face mask too. I lather it on thickly and leave it for a while. Really clears up and softens the skin. A thin layer left on overnight works too.

  10. June says:

    I used this cream on my chickens bums! I have ten ex battery hens and when I first got them they had very few feathers and bight red bums. This cream was liberally applied night and morning until the feathers grew. It worked in two ways…the cream soothed and cooled their rear ends and the white colour stopped the hens pecking each other and making the problem worse (hens are attracted to the colour red and will peck away until they cause serious injury). I have a big pot of this in the hen shed ready for use when needed!

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