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Diaper Rash Cream

Also Known As:

Desitin, A&D Ointment, Triple Paste, Boudreaux's Butt Paste, Balmex, diaper rash ointment

diaper rash cream

Toxicity Level

Usually Nontoxic

Diaper rash cream is minimally toxic. If your child ate diaper rash cream, give them a few sips of water and watch for vomiting, loose stools, or diarrhea.

If your child has more than one episode of vomiting or diarrhea, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Possible Symptoms

There are usually no symptoms from eating diaper rash cream, but your child may have an episode of vomiting, a loose stool, or mild diarrhea.

What To Do

If your child is not having symptoms, give them a few sips of water and watch for vomiting, loose stools, or diarrhea.

If your child experiences more than one episode of vomiting or persistent diarrhea, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

Poison Information

Toxicity Level

Usually Nontoxic

Also Known As

Desitin, A&D Ointment, Triple Paste, Boudreaux's Butt Paste, Balmex, diaper rash ointment

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.

Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning

There are usually no symptoms from eating diaper rash cream, but your child may have an episode of vomiting, a loose stool, or mild diarrhea.

What To Do

If your child is not having symptoms, give them a few sips of water and watch for vomiting, loose stools, or diarrhea.

If your child experiences more than one episode of vomiting or persistent diarrhea, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.

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.

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

Eye Exposure

If your child has gotten this substance in his or her eyes, please view our eye exposure information.

 

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