If the child swallowed more than one mouthful, is having symptoms, or if you are not positive of the exact substance or amount swallowed, call the Poison Center Hotline immediately at 800-222-1222. The call is free and confidential.
Desitin, A&D Ointment, Triple Paste, Boudreaux's Butt Paste, Balmex, diaper rash ointment
An episode of vomiting, loose stool or mild diarrhea
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your child has gotten this substance in his or her eyes, please view our eye exposure information.
Don't hesitate to call the Poison Helpline.