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Desitin Uses

Desitin helps to treat and prevent diaper rash. One particular product from this line of ointments is also approved to soothe and protect minor skin irritations, cuts, and burns. Using the two ointments that are specifically licensed for diaper rash for treating skin rashes or irritations is considered to be an "off-label" use of Desitin.

What Is Desitin Used For?

Desitin Original and Desitin Creamy® ointments are approved for the following uses:
  • Treating and preventing diaper rash
  • Sealing out wetness and providing a barrier to protect the skin
  • Creating an optimal environment for skin healing.
Desitin Clear is approved for a wider variety of reasons, including:
  • Treating and preventing diaper rash
  • Relieving dry, chapped skin
  • Soothing and relieving minor skin irritations and rash discomfort
  • Protecting chafed skin and sealing out wetness
  • Protecting from the drying effects of wind and cold weather
  • Temporarily protecting minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.
Desitin Clear should not be used on puncture wounds, deep wounds, animal bites, or serious burns.

Desitin and Diaper Rashes

Diaper rashes are very common, with most babies having diaper rash at least occasionally. Even if you are very careful to change your baby's diapers frequently, moisture will still be in contact with your baby's skin for some period of time. This moistness, combined with irritation from urine or stool, irritating lotions or soaps, and chafing from clothing or diapers can quickly lead to a diaper rash.
Usually, it is recommended to treat diaper rash by trying to keep your baby's skin clean and dry, with frequent diaper changes. Additionally, barrier products (like Desitin) are also very helpful for both preventing and treating diaper rash.
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