If your child has a diaper rash, you may want to try applying a medicated cream or ointment. Desitin® is a brand of diaper rash products that are available over-the-counter (OTC). This line of ointments includes:
- Desitin Original™ -- 40 percent zinc oxide
- Desitin Creamy® -- 13 percent zinc oxide
- Desitin Clear™ -- vitamins A and D in white petrolatum.
Destin ointments are applied liberally as often as necessary, both to treat and to prevent diaper rash. Liberally apply the ointment with your fingertips; do not try to rub it in, as this action is not helpful and can be irritating.
Desitin products help to protect the skin from irritants and may also serve as a mild astringent (helping to dry oozing of minor irritation) and a weak antiseptic. The inactive ingredients in the products (such as lanolin or cod liver oil) also help to protect and condition the skin.
(Click Desitin for more information on when and how to use the ointment, to learn about Desitin's warnings, and to find out when a diaper rash may require medical attention.)