Last update: July 21, 2017

Zinc Oxide

Very Low Risk for breastfeeding


Safe. Compatible.
Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

It is used topically as an astringent and skin protector, very often together with small amounts of Ferric Oxide to form Calamine (see specific info). It is a product compatible with breastfeeding according to WHO Essential Medicine’s List - 2002.
It is also used in dental hygiene products and cosmetics.

Widely used for skin protection of the diaper area in infants.

Because of the small dose used and poor absorption into plasma of most topical dermatological preparations, excretion into breastmilk in significant amount appears to be unlikely.

Do not apply on the breast to prevent infant ingestion; otherwise, wash it off thoroughly with water before the next breast feed.


See below the information of this related product:

Alternatives

We do not have alternatives for Zinc Oxide since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

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Pharmacokinetics

Variable Value Unit
Molecular weight 81 daltons

References

  1. Gupta M, Mahajan VK, Mehta KS, Chauhan PS. Zinc therapy in dermatology: a review. Dermatol Res Pract. 2014 Abstract
  2. Gozen D, Caglar S, Bayraktar S, Atici F. Diaper dermatitis care of newborns human breast milk or barrier cream. J Clin Nurs. 2014 Abstract

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