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Desitin Warnings and Precautions

Some of the warnings and precautions for Desitin include discontinuing treatment if the diaper rash does not improve within seven days and keeping the ointment out of the reach of children. Also, this product should be avoided if your child is allergic to any ingredients used to make the medication.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using Desitin?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Desitin® if your child has:
  • A very severe or stubborn 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 Desitin

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this ointment include the following:
  • Desitin is not a substitute for frequent diaper changing and gentle cleansing of the skin. It is to be used along with the usual recommendation for caring for a diaper rash.
  • If the diaper rash does not improve within seven days of use, stop using Desitin and contact your child's healthcare provider. Your child may need a different type of diaper rash treatment.
  • Be sure to keep Desitin products out of 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 Desitin (see Desitin Overdose for more information).
  • Although this ointment is generally not meant for use in adults, it is reasonable to assume that pregnant and breastfeeding women may be exposed while applying the ointment to infants. Desitin is generally considered safe for use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
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