Zinc oxide (On the skin)


Zinc Oxide (zink OX-ide)

Treats and prevents diaper rash.

Brand Name(s)

Desitin, Triple Paste, Desitin Rapid Relief Creamy, Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Diaper Rash Cream, Aveeno Baby Essential Daily Care, Secura Extra Protective Cream, Secura EPC Skin Care Starter Kit, Secura Protective Cream, Secura Two-Step Kit, Skin Protectant, Boudreaux's Butt Paste, Desitin Maximum Strength Original, Desitin Original, Leader Diaper Rash Ointment, Rite Aid Diaper Rash Ointment

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

Do not use this medicine if your child has had an allergic reaction to zinc oxide. Do not use on deep or puncture wounds, cuts, or infections.

How to Use This Medicine

Cream, Ointment, Paste

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • If you are using this medicine without a prescription, follow the instructions on the medicine label.
  • This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Clean the baby's diaper area with mild soap and water. Allow the skin to dry before you apply the medicine and put on a new diaper.
  • Apply the medicine to the diaper area every time you change the diaper. Use this medicine any time the baby might be in a wet diaper for a longer time, such as at nap time or overnight.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
  • Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Check with your doctor to find out if you can use other skin care products on the treated skin areas.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • If the diaper rash symptoms do not improve within 7 days or if they get worse, call your doctor.
  • Call your doctor if the diaper rash gets better and then comes back.
  • Call a poison control center right away if anyone accidentally swallows the medicine.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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