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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

Possible Symptoms

An episode of vomiting, loose stool or mild diarrhea

What To Do

If your child is not having any symptoms, give a few sips of water and watch for the symptoms described above. If your child is having any symptoms, call 1-800-222-1222.

NOTE: You should be concerned if your child experiences these symptoms: vomiting (more than once), persistent/continued diarrhea, choking. Call IPC right away 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

An episode of vomiting, loose stool or mild diarrhea

What To Do

If your child is not having any symptoms, give a few sips of water and watch for the symptoms described above. If your child is having any symptoms, call 1-800-222-1222.

NOTE: You should be concerned if your child experiences these symptoms: vomiting (more than once), persistent/continued diarrhea, choking. Call IPC right away 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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