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Desitin Overdose

An overdose of Desitin is unlikely to occur as long as the product is used as intended (applied to the skin). If the ointment is taken by mouth, however, overdose symptoms may include nausea and vomiting, dark urine, pneumonia, and bleeding. Treatment for an overdose may involve "pumping the stomach" and supportive care.

Can You Use Too Much Desitin?

Desitin® is a non-prescription diaper rash ointment. Desitin overdose symptoms are unlikely if the product is applied to the skin (as it is intended to be used). However, if it is accidentally taken by mouth, problems may occur.
If you suspect that your child may have eaten some of the ointment, contact your child's healthcare provider or a poison control center for further instructions.

Symptoms of an Overdose

Little is known about what may occur as the result of a Desitin overdose. An overdose is highly unlikely to occur when the ointment is applied to the skin. An overdose is much more likely if Desitin is taken by mouth.

For this reason, be sure to keep the product out of reach of children. Based on reported symptoms in people who overdosed on the individual components of Desitin (by mouth), Desitin overdose symptoms may include (but are not limited to):
  • Pneumonia
  • Dark urine
  • Confusion
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Yellow eyes and skin
  • Bleeding
  • Nausea and vomiting.
Desitin should be stored safely out of reach of children. This may be a little tricky, however, since the ointment is usually kept in the diaper-changing area.

Treatment for an Overdose of Desitin

If the Desitin overdose was recent, a healthcare provider may give certain medicines or place a tube into the stomach to "pump the stomach." Treatment will also involve supportive care, which consists of treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose.
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe that your child may have overdosed on Desitin.
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