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When and How to Use It

General considerations for when and how to use these products include the following:
  • Desitin ointments are applied liberally as often as necessary, both to treat and to prevent diaper rash.
  • Liberally apply the ointment with your fingertips (imagine frosting a cake). Do not try to rub it in, as this action is not helpful and can be irritating.
  • You may want to buy the largest size available, to make sure you do not try to "scrimp" on the ointment. Remember that it works by forming a barrier, and a thick layer is necessary to be effective.
  • You do not have to completely remove the previous application of Desitin when changing a diaper. Simply make sure the area is thoroughly (but gently) cleaned. Make sure to let the skin dry before applying Desitin.
  • Stop using Desitin and consult your child's healthcare provider if the rash does not improve within seven days (or if it goes away but returns quickly).

Desitin Dosing Information

There really is not a recommended "dosage" for Desitin, per se. The product is applied liberally as often as needed.
(Click Desitin Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects

Desitin is not likely to cause side effects when used properly. However, some individuals could develop skin irritation.
(Click Desitin Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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