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My Child Ate Desitin®

Jul 03, 2020
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This information applies to children who have unintentionally swallowed a small amount. If the child swallowed more than one mouthful, is having symptoms, or if you are not positive of the exact substance or amount swallowedcall your local Poison Center immediately 1-800-222-1222 to speak to a nurse, pharmacist or physician for recommendations specific to your situation.  The call is free and confidential.


  • Toxicity Level:  Minimally toxic


  • Also Known As: diaper rash creme/ointment, A&D Ointment®, Triple Paste®, Boudreauxs Butt Paste®, Balmex®, others


  • What It Is:  Most diaper rash creams contain zinc oxide as a skin protectant.  Some diaper rash products also contain Vitamins (such as A, D and E) and emollient ingredients such as petrolatum, mineral oil and cod liver oil.


  • Toxicity:  Both zinc oxide and the inactive ingredients in diaper rash cream are minimally toxic. Ingestion of a mouthful or less is expected to cause a mild laxative effect at worst.


  • Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning:  Loose stools

NOTE:  You should be concerned if your child experiences these symptoms: vomiting (more than once), persistent/continued diarrhea, choking.  Call your local Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222.



  • What You Should Do:  If your child is not having any symptoms, give a few sips of water and observe for the symptoms described above.  If your child is having any symptoms, call 1-800-222-1222.

NOTE:  If your child has gotten this substance in their eyes, please view our Eye Exposure information.



  • Other Important Info:  Prescription medication creams are sometimes used to treat severe diaper rash.  These creams contain different ingredients than the over the counter/zinc oxide creams.



If you have any further questions about this substance, or if your child is experiencing any symptoms, call the poison center experts who are available 24/7 via the free, confidential helpline: 1-800-222-1222.   Don’t guess, be sure!


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