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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.

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My Child Ate Desitin

Desitin is Usually Nontoxic .

If your child ate Desitin, give them a few sips of water and watch for loose stools, vomiting or diarrhea.

If your child ate talcum powder, call IPC now at 1-800-222-1222.

What to know: Desitin

  • Desitin is also known as diaper rash cream, A+D Ointment, Triple Paste, Boudreaux's Butt Paste, Balmex and diaper rash ointment.

Toxicity Level

What are toxicity levels?

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.

However, talcum powder can be fatal if inhaled or ingested. If your child ate talcum powder or prescription diaper rash cream, call IPC immediately at 1-800-222-1222.

Symptoms of Poisoning

Eating Desitin usually doesn’t cause any symptoms, but your child may have an episode of vomiting, a loose stool or mild diarrhea. If the episode persists, call IPC immediately at 1-800-222-1222.

Eye Exposure

  • 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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Poison Center HelplineCalls are free and confidential.

  1. In Case of Emergency

    Call 911 if someone is unconscious or is having difficulty breathing.

  2. Remain Calm

    Most poison emergencies can be resolved quickly over the phone.

  3. Call the Helpline

    Call 1-800-222-1222 if you are concerned that you or someone else has been exposed to a potentially harmful substance.