"Desitin" for children: instructions for use

When a baby stays in diapers for a long time, diaper rash almost inevitably occurs. For their treatment and prevention, it is recommended to use Desitin ointment. This is an inexpensive and effective remedy that is suitable for adults and children of any age. You can purchase it at the pharmacy chain without a doctor's prescription.

Composition of Desitina

In addition to the active component, the role of which is zinc oxide , Desitin contains the following as excipients:

  • white petroleum jelly (Vaselinum album);
  • fish oil from the liver of cod fish (Oleum jecoris Aselli);
  • talc (Talcum);
  • butylated hydroxyanisole;
  • anhydrous lanolin (Lanolinum anhydricum);
  • methylparaben (Methylparaben);
  • flavored oil.

The listed components ensure good absorption of the drug and uniform distribution of its active substance throughout the main physical phase. They are also characterized by a number of properties that complement and enhance the effect of zinc oxide .

Cream "Desitin": description, composition

The drug is produced in the form of a viscous cream. Its active substance is zinc in the form of oxide. The composition also contains water, cod oil, which gives a characteristic smell of fish, talc and other substances.

Ointment refers to drugs that have an astringent effect. Well protects the skin from spoilage. The composition applied to the surface forms a protective layer on the surface, thereby reducing the impact of moisture and irritants. Therefore, the skin recovers faster, which helps treat diaper rash, wounds, abrasions, burns, cuts and other damage to the skin.

The product has a softening effect, which manifests itself already in the first day after use. It protects the skin mucosa, especially at night. Also, the active components prevent the development of inflammatory processes.

Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics

Zinc oxide belongs to the group of anti-inflammatory agents for topical use. It is a slightly toxic, odorless, amorphous powder, white or slightly yellowish.

The powder is capable of absorbing carbon dioxide from the air, is insoluble in water and ethanol , and is soluble in dilute mineral acids, acetic acid , as well as in alkaline solutions.

Zinc oxide stimulates the processes of protein denaturation and promotes the formation of albuminates . When applied to affected areas of the skin, it reduces the severity of exudative phenomena, relieves inflammation and tissue irritation, and creates a protective barrier on the skin against irritating external factors.

Desitin cream is used exclusively as an external remedy. By adsorbing excess fat and sweat from the skin, it prevents the development of diaper dermatitis in children and suppresses the development of inflammatory reactions in the early stages.

In addition, the cream forms a protective layer on the affected areas, which helps neutralize the effects of the negative effects of urine, salts and other irritants on the skin, and also effectively softens it.

the zinc oxide and cod liver oil it contains anhydrous lanolin and white petroleum jelly .

Since fish oil , lanolin and petroleum jelly are products of natural origin, the film formed after applying Desitin to the skin is similar in structure to the natural sweat-fat layer, which also performs a barrier function.

The film adheres well to the skin and mucous membranes, while maintaining its activity for several hours. This is especially important at night, when baby's skin is in contact with wet clothes and diapers for the longest time.

Desitin also has moderate astringent properties, which makes it possible to use it to reduce the severity and relieve inflammation in case of minor burns and damage to the integrity of the skin (for example, scratches and cuts). A similar effect is observed when used to relieve symptoms of eczema .

There are no data on the pharmacokinetic parameters of the drug.

Pharmacological properties of the drug Desitin

When applied topically, it reduces the manifestations of inflammation and irritation of the skin, softens and dries it. The effect of the drug is determined by zinc oxide and cod liver oil, which are included in the ointment along with a lanolin-vaseline base: these components form a protective coating on the skin, thereby reducing the effect of urine and other irritants on the affected area of ​​the skin and preventing the appearance of a rash. In particular, the drug provides protection from moisture, especially at night, when the child is in wet diapers for a long time. The use of Desitin quickly gives positive results for diaper rashes in infants: in 92% of cases - during the first 24 hours, in 68% - during the first 10 hours of treatment. Zinc oxide has a weak astringent effect, as a result of which the drug has a soothing and protective effect against eczema and flaking of the skin.

Indications for use

Desitin recommended:

  • for dermatitis of various etiologies (including diaper dermatitis in infants);
  • for the treatment of superficial wounds ( scratches , cuts , abrasions , etc.);
  • for small-area, mild burns of various origins (solar, thermal, chemical, etc.);
  • to eliminate diaper rash ;
  • to relieve symptoms of prickly heat in children;
  • for bedsores ;
  • in the presence of ulcerative lesions of the skin (including trophic ulcers );
  • for the treatment of eczema during periods of exacerbation of the disease;
  • for herpes ;
  • for purulent skin lesions caused by streptococcal infection .

Indications and contraindications

The product is intended to treat the following disorders:

  • diaper dermatitis in children;
  • burns, including from sun rays;
  • wounds, including those due to cuts;
  • abrasions, scratches.

The only contraindication to the use of the cream is individual intolerance to the active or additional components. Side effects are not described. In rare cases, allergic reactions may occur. If such symptoms occur (rash, itching, redness), stop using the ointment. It is recommended to consult a doctor for a possible change in medication.

Instructions for use of Desitin (Method and dosage)

For diaper dermatitis in infants, therapy with Desitin cream begins when symptoms such as rash , diaper rash and skin irritation appear. The drug is applied to the affected areas in a thin layer three times a day. If necessary, the number of procedures is increased.

Before using Desitin ointment, the skin should be pre-prepared: wash with warm water and dry well. The standard recommendation is to use Desitin every time you change a diaper or diaper. The optimal number of treatments for the affected surface is from four to six times per day.

As a rule, it takes two to three days to cure diaper dermatitis , after which you can continue to use Desitin for preventive purposes. Prevention involves applying the drug to those areas of the skin that will be covered with a diaper or diaper and potentially in contact with urine and feces .

Prophylactic use is especially advisable before bedtime and in cases where it is expected that the child will be in certain clothes for a long time (for example, during a trip to the store or a trip to the clinic).

To prevent diaper dermatitis , the drug can be used for a long period of time, and the drug can be applied to absolutely clean and healthy skin.

Desitin is used in a similar way for allergic and other rashes , diathesis and atopic dermatitis in infants, and for diaper rash in newborns.

For people suffering from acne , it is recommended to apply the drug once or twice a day - for example, morning and evening - for one to two weeks. During the day, the skin is cleansed of cream residues and allowed to “breathe” for at least an hour (optimally in the fresh air).

If single pimples appear, the cream is applied to them before bedtime. Continuous use of the product is allowed for a month.

When treating wounds and burns, the instructions for use of Desitin recommend applying a thin layer of the product to the affected area, if necessary, covering with a sterile gauze pad or bandage.

It is important to remember that the drug can only be used in the presence of superficial and non-infected lesions. If an infectious process has developed on the skin, the cream should not be applied.

Instructions for use of Desitin ointment

Rules of use depend on the indications:

  1. In the presence of diaper rash, the composition is applied to the skin in a small layer 3-4 times a day until the symptoms are completely eliminated. It is recommended to wash the skin first and let it dry. Usually the ointment is applied after each diaper change. The drug can be used by children at any age.
  2. To prevent a rash, the cream is applied to the surface of the skin, which is covered with a diaper or diaper. It is especially important to do this at night, when the child may be in a wet diaper for a long time.
  3. If there are skin lesions, rub a small layer of cream onto the appropriate areas. If necessary, clean gauze can be placed on top.

special instructions

When using Desitin, avoid contact of the composition with the eyes. After applying the drug to the skin, wash your hands thoroughly.

If after two to three days the rashes do not disappear after using the drug, it is recommended to consult a doctor for examination and clarification of the diagnosis.

Before using the ointment, you need to evaluate its smell. Under normal conditions, a drug suitable for use has a faint specific odor, similar to the odor of fish oil . If storage conditions are not observed, Desitin may deteriorate and lose its pharmacological effectiveness.

Evidence of its unsuitability is the pronounced unpleasant smell of rotten fish . This cream should be thrown away and should not be applied to the skin.


Level 4 ATC code matches:
Zinc oxide

Zinc ointment

Zinc paste



The pharmaceutical market of Russia and Ukraine is represented not by analogous, but by drugs synonymous with Desitin. Like Desitin, they contain zinc oxide . There are no analogues that would have a similar effect, but are characterized by a different composition of active and auxiliary components.

Synonyms of Desitin are:

  • dermatotropic agent Tsindol , which is available in the form of a suspension for external use;
  • Zinc oxide liniment;
  • zinc ointment;
  • zinc paste.

Reviews about Desitin

The vast majority of reviews about Desitin are positive. This is due to the fact that the drug has a pronounced therapeutic effect within the first few hours after application.

Against the background of its use, there is a rapid disappearance of skin rashes, acne and pimples , the onset of remission in atopic dermatitis , as well as the healing process of superficial skin damage and burns of the inflammatory process are reduced or completely eliminated . All this is a clear demonstration of the excellent medicinal properties of the drug.

Also, the forums are replete with a lot of positive reviews of Desitin for newborns. The average rating of the cream is 4.5 on a 5-point scale. Many mothers of infants note that, using Desitin, they were able to cope with diaper rash , redness and rashes , even in cases where other drugs were powerless.

In addition, they all note as advantages of the drug that:

  • it can be used for a long time;
  • it effectively eliminates unpleasant symptoms even in extreme heat;
  • it is suitable for sensitive skin.

There are, of course, negative reviews, but almost all of them are not related to the effectiveness of the drug, but to its specific smell. skin dryness increased while using the product . The latter, however, is observed quite rarely and is determined primarily by the level of individual sensitivity to the components of the drug.

Use of the drug Desitin

Diaper dermatitis in children For preventive purposes, the ointment is applied to the skin (under diapers), especially before bedtime, to prevent skin irritation due to prolonged contact with wet diapers. For therapeutic purposes , the ointment is applied to the skin in a thin layer 3 times a day (if necessary, during each diaper change) at the first signs of hyperemia (redness of the skin), diaper rash or minor skin irritation. Minor thermal and sunburns, cuts, scratches Apply a thin layer to the affected surface, if necessary, apply a gauze bandage.

Desitin price, where to buy

The price of Desitin cream in different pharmacies and cities may vary. Pricing is also somewhat influenced by the fact that the drug comes to the Russian and Ukrainian markets from both the USA and Canada.

However, as a rule, the difference in the cost of Canadian and American drugs is insignificant: for the Russian market it is about 10 rubles, for the Ukrainian market - 2-3 hryvnia.

The average price of cream in Ukraine is 65 hryvnia. You can buy Desitin in Kyiv and other large cities (for example, Donetsk, Odessa or Kharkov) both in regular pharmacy chains and through an online pharmacy.

The feasibility of such a purchase can be assessed by comparing the price of Desitin ointment on the Internet (including delivery) with the average market price in city pharmacies.

In Moscow and other large cities of Russia, the cream is sold on average for 200-210 rubles per package with a capacity of 57 g.

  • Online pharmacies in RussiaRussia
  • Online pharmacies in UkraineUkraine
  • Online pharmacies in KazakhstanKazakhstan


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