Desitin Cream Information
Desitin® is an over-the-counter (OTC) product that can be used to both treat and prevent diaper rash. It is available in three different forms, 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.
For two of these products (Original and Creamy), the active ingredient is zinc oxide, a chemical compound. When applied to the skin, it helps 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. Desitin Clear contains vitamin A and D in white petrolatum and works by forming a protective barrier.
Desitin ointments are applied liberally as often as necessary, both to treat and to prevent diaper rash. If a diaper rash does not improve within seven days of using Desitin, talk to your child's healthcare provider about other possible options.
(For more information on this diaper rash cream, click Desitin. This article offers details on dosing guidelines, possible side effects, warnings, and more.)