Diaper rash products are usually ointments or creams that come in tubes or jars. They can be bought at the grocery store or drug store without a prescription. They are used to protect the child’s skin from urine and feces that can cause a red, painful rash. Most diaper rash products contain zinc oxide and are white in color.
Diaper rash products can often be found in diaper bags or on changing tables. It is a product that most children have seen many times and they can easily take off the lid to taste the product.
Diaper rash ointment is not toxic so the small amount that a child usually eats will not make your child sick. However, it is not actually food, either, so the tube or jar is printed with instructions to call your Poison Center in case a child eats the product.
If a small child stuffs a large amount of a diaper rash product into their mouth it could make them gag or choke. If your child is choking on a diaper rash product, dial 911 right away for help!
If your child is eating diaper rash cream or ointment, just take it away from them and give them a drink of water and wash their hands and face. If problems start or you have questions about your kind of diaper rash product, call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and for questions too.