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Desitin Is Designed To Work!

  • Jan 3, 2001
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Pros: It protects and reduces skin irritations! Economical.

Cons: Moderate odor

I have a fourteen month old granddaughter, Brooklyn, who gets diaper rash occasionally. When she comes in to see us, she has to travel in a car seat for seven hours. Even though her mother stops and changes her during the trip, she still suffers from a heat rash by the time she gets here. I was surprised that whenever I used Desitin on her irritated skin, how quickly the area improved! We use this ointment on Brooklyn whenever we see the first signs of skin irritation, which is usually redness or chafing.

Desitin is a product that comes in three different forms; an ointment, a cream and a cornstarch baby powder. It is used to promote healing, protect the skin and relieves irritation and chafing. You can purchase Desitin ointment in one ounce(28g)tube, two ounces(57g)tube, four ounces(113g)tube, nine ounces(225g)jar and sixteen ounces(454g)jar. When I worked in the operating room, we would use zinc oxide around the "good skin area" of a wound or burn to help seal out the wetness of the drainage. Desitin ointment formula is forty percent zinc oxide, it has Norwegian cod liver oil which is rich in natural vitamins A and D, plus lanolin and petrolatum. This protective barrier works fast in just hours by sealing the wetness and germs from the rash. Desitin can also be used for superficial non-infected wounds and burns.

Desitin ointment is a thick white texture with a moderate smell that does subside after it is applied. I like this pasty mixture because it allows you to apply the ointment directly to the affected area without it coming off easily. Whenever a baby is teething or dehydrated, their urine can be more acidic, so you can use this ointment as a protective layer! It will neutralize the acidity of the urine or stools.

How to use Desitin ointment

First you must clean the affected area gently with warm water and a mild soap. Allow the skin to dry thoroughly, then apply a thin layer of the ointment to the irritated area whenever there is a diaper change or at bedtime if using preventively. I prefer not to apply baby powder if I am using the ointment on Brooklyn but you may use baby powder if you need it. Desitin should only be used externally. Avoid contact with eyes. If you have any questions about the type of rash that your baby has or if the rash does not improve, you should contact your pediatrician. Although I see an improvement in Brooklyn's skin within hours, you should not use this ointment over seven days without noticing any improvement!

So whenever you are restocking your diaper bag or bathroom shelf, I would recommend Desitin ointment as a reliable treatment for diaper rash, minor burns and irritations. My granddaughter's comfort is one of my top priorities! I usually purchase the two ounce tube and it costs about $4.50 at my local Walmarts.


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I am Nana to two beautiful granddaughters, Brooke age 11 and Maddy age 8. I love to watch Brooke play volleyball (starting server) and Maddy cheer! I am a Christian and I am married To Randy who teaches … more
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<ul><br>Promotes healing, protects skin and relieves chafing.</li><br>First choice of pediatricians for diaper rash.</li><br>A unique formulation containing: Norwegian cod liver oil rich in natural vitamins A and D, plus lanolin, petrolatum and 40% zinc oxide.</li><br>So effective in sealing out wetness and germs that diaper rash starts to disappear in hours.</li></ul>
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