If your child is having symptoms or you don't know the exact substance or amount swallowed, call the Poison Center Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. This call is free and confidential.
If your child ate Desitin, give them a few sips of water and watch for loose stools, vomiting or diarrhea.
My child ate Desitin. Is Desitin toxic?
Desitin is usually nontoxic. It contains zinc oxide and is used to treat diaper rash and other skin irritations. Eating a mouthful or less is expected to cause a mild laxative effect at worst.
Desitin may cause irritation if exposed to eyes.
If your child got Desitin in their eyes, rinse by pouring clean, lukewarm water across the affected eye(s) for 15 minutes.
For more instructions, please see our page on eye exposure information.
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