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Sherri Richards, Published December 04 2013

Dr. Hess Udder Ointment is a smelly alternative

FARGO – I grew up on a small cattle farm, but it wasn’t until I moved to the city that I heard about udder ointment as a treatment for dry skin.

Now it’s a familiar sight in the skincare aisle, marketed for treating dry, tough skin and cracked heels.

Recently, I’ve noticed udder ointment moo-ving to other parts of the body.

Dr. Hess Products, available at several Wal-Mart and Walgreens stores, has a line of lip balms – Udder Sticks – now available in four flavors, including pomegranate and mango.

The company also sells a diaper rash cream, Dr. Hess Udder Ointment for Baby Butts. A 4-ounce tube is listed for $9.99 on the company website.

In addition to diaper rash, Baby Butts is marketed as a treatment for baby’s “chaffing cheeks and drool-sensitive chin and neck.”

When I tried a sample of the product on my toddler, I immediately noted its thin consistency, more like a lotion than a cream.

While this meant it spread easily, it didn’t provide the thick coverage typical of diaper rash creams I’ve used. As a result, I felt like I needed to use more of it on red spots.

Its pungent odor, which I can only describe as “medicinal,” was also unpleasantly obvious. The Dr. Hess website describes it a “refreshing baby powder smell.” I disagree.

The udder ointment did help clear up a painful case of diaper rash with repeated use over a couple days.

I’d describe it as effective, though not more impressive than other, less expensive products for baby’s bottom.

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Sherri Richards at (701) 241-5556