We were in need of a healing product and Ilex was suggested. It comes in a two oz. tube or a jar. We purchased the tube for easy carrying. It was for a baby that had surgery on his bottom. A rebuilt anus and a liquid diet was cause for some nasty soreness. Anything that could be used for digestive or urinary acids we were looking for. Open areas that sting with other medications, just made the baby more uncomfortable. Ilex protects the skin from wetness, and sever damage breakdown. It has no alcohol or latex, and by putting a layer on the sore area and then a layer of vaseline, usually within three days you see healing results. Its easy to use, helps to heal, and is suggested by Pediatricians for newborns. Can also be used for those harsh diaper rashes, as well as other sensitive areas. Easily washed off with soap and water.
We have used this for a year and still do. The little one is still having issues, and they have tried everything, nothing works. So until he is better, we have to work with this bottom problem, and Ilex is the best comfort we have found for him. At $9.95 a tube it can get costly, but we buy three at a time, one for the diaper bag, one for daycare, and one for home, but sometimes coupons are there for free shipping or sometimes a percentage off. Allegro Medical.com has the best prices that we have found, and they are quick to ship, and have free shipping if on their reorder program. Highly recommend!
Update On May 24, 2010: We are still using this medication. It really keeps the bottom dry for the small babies. Just ordered three more tubes with free shipping- thats a good deal.