Balmex Warnings and Precautions
Some of the warnings and precautions with Balmex include contacting your child's healthcare provider if the diaper rash does not improve within seven days, avoiding inhalation of Balmex powder, and keeping the product out of reach of children. Consult your child's healthcare provider before using Balmex if your child has a yeast diaper rash.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using Balmex?
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Balmex® if your child has:
- A stubborn or very severe diaper rash
- A yeast diaper rash
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines your child is taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings for Balmex
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this medication include the following:
- Balmex is not a substitute for frequent diaper changing and gentle cleansing of the skin. It is to be used along with the usual recommendations for caring for a diaper rash.
- If the diaper rash does not improve within seven days of use, stop using Balmex and contact your child's healthcare provider. Your child may need a different type of diaper rash treatment.
- The powder form (Balmex Prevention Powder) contains cornstarch. Contrary to popular belief, research suggests that cornstarch does not make yeast diaper rash worse. Nevertheless, your healthcare provider may still warn against using cornstarch powders for treating yeast diaper rash.
- Be careful when applying the powder to avoid creating a "cloud" of powder that could be inhaled by you or your baby. Instead of the traditional way of dusting the entire diaper area directly from the container, it is better to carefully put the powder in your hand or the actual diaper first.
- Be sure to keep Balmex products out of the reach of children (which actually can be a little tricky, since they need to be kept near the diaper changing area). It could be potentially dangerous if a child ingests Balmex (see Balmex Overdose for more information).