Triple Paste

Triple Paste is an over-the-counter (OTC) ointment commonly used for treating and preventing diaper rash. It contains zinc oxide, an ingredient that helps to protect the skin from irritants and may also serve as a mild astringent and a weak antiseptic. The product is meant to be applied liberally as often as necessary, usually after every diaper change.

What Is Triple Paste?

Triple Paste® Medicated Ointment is a nonprescription medication used to both treat and prevent diaper rash. It is a commercially available product based loosely on a compounded prescription product that has been made by pharmacists for decades.
 
(Click Triple Paste Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Who Makes This Medicine?

This product is made by Summers Laboratories, Inc.
 

How Does It Work?

The active ingredient in Triple Paste is zinc oxide, a common ingredient used in most diaper rash products. 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.
 
This product also contains various other ingredients that help to protect and soothe the skin.
 

When and How to Use Triple Paste

General considerations for when and how to use Triple Paste include the following:
 
  • This product should be applied liberally as often as necessary, both to treat and prevent diaper rash.
     
  • Liberally apply the ointment with your fingertips. Do not try to rub it in, as this action is not helpful and can be irritating.
     
  • You do not have to completely remove the previous application of Triple Paste when changing a diaper. Simply make sure the area is thoroughly (but gently) cleaned. Make sure to let the skin dry before applying the ointment.
     
  • Stop using Triple Paste and consult your child's healthcare provider if the rash does not improve within seven days, or if it goes away but returns quickly.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD; Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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