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Sudocrem is an over-the-counter medicated cream aimed primarily at the treatment of nappy rash. It is manufactured by Forest Tosara Ltd, one of the companies making up Forest Laboratories Europe.[1]

Sudocrem contains a water-repellent base (consisting of oils / waxes); protective and emollient agents; antibacterial and antifungal agents; and a weak anesthetic. It can also be used to treat eczema, bedsores, acne, minor burns and sores and minor wounds.[2]


Sudocrem was developed in 1931 by Dublin-based pharmacist Thomas Smith. It was originally called "Smith's Cream". The brand was not introduced into the UK until the 1970s, but it has since become the leading baby cream in both Ireland and the UK.[3]


Ingredient % (w/w) properties
Excipients 79.2% water-repellent base
Zinc oxide, EP 15.25% astringent, soothing, protective
Lanolin (hypoallergenic) 4.00% emollient
Benzyl benzoate, BP 1.01% pesticide
Benzyl alcohol, BP 0.39% mild anesthetic, disinfectant
Benzyl cinnamate 0.15% antibacterial, antifungal



  1. ^ "The company behind Sudocrem", Sudocrem UK website, accessed 8 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Technical Information", Sudocrem UK website, accessed 8 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Sudocrem - a brief history", Sudocrem UK website, accessed 8 June 2010.