There is no standard recommended dose for Desitin. The ointment is usually applied after each diaper change when used to treat diaper rash. For preventing diaper rash, you can either apply Desitin at every diaper change or just at bedtime (as a baby is often exposed to a wet diaper longer throughout the night).
Desitin Dosage Information
There is no real "dosage" for Desitin® products. Instead, Desitin products are intended to be applied liberally, as often as needed. This means that it is probably impossible to apply too much Desitin (although this might be wasteful).
There are currently three different Desitin products available, including:
- Desitin Original™ ointment -- 40 percent zinc oxide
- Desitin Creamy® ointment -- 13 percent zinc oxide
- Desitin Clear™ ointment -- vitamins A and D in white petrolatum.
All Desitin products are approved for treating and preventing diaper rash. Desitin is usually applied after each diaper change when used to treat diaper rash. For preventing diaper rash, though, there are a few different approaches.
Some mothers with especially "rashy" babies may choose to use Desitin for diaper rash prevention at every single diaper change, while others prefer to use Desitin to prevent diaper rash only if the skin is beginning to appear a little red or irritated. Still, others may choose to just apply Desitin at bedtime, when a baby is most likely to remain in a wet diaper for a longer period of time.
In addition to treating or preventing diaper rash, one particular Desitin product (Desitin Clear ointment) is also approved to soothe and protect minor skin irritations, cuts, and burns. For this use, Desitin Clear ointment is applied liberally as often as needed.