Diaper Rash Cream or Ointment | Illinois Poison Center 

My Child Ate Diaper Rash Cream or Ointment

Dec 10, 2018
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Diaper Rash Cream or Ointment                  


This information is applicable for small, unintentional ingestions only. If the child ingested more than one mouthful, is having symptoms, or if you are not positive of the exact substance or amount ingested, 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: Desitin®, 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

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.


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


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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