Itchy skin is as frustrating for you to treat as it is for your baby to endure. Hydrocortisone creams aren’t officially cleared for use in children under the age of 2, but there are plenty of natural alternatives — along with behavioral changes — that you can use to soothe your child’s itchy skin.
Can you use hydrocortisone on 6 month old?
Hydrocortisone should only be used on babies under the supervision of a doctor. Fortunately, there are a number of skin care products that don’t contain hydrocortisone, such as Mustela’s Stelatopia line, designed with your little one’s delicate skin in mind and specifically formulated to help treat and prevent eczema.
When can you use hydrocortisone on diaper rash?
Over-the-counter hydrocortisone 1% cream is typically effective at reducing inflammation when applied first and then layered with another diaper rash cream. Use just a thin layer on the skin, no more than twice a day, and only for a few days if needed. Extended use of hydrocortisone can damage sensitive skin.
Is hydrocortisone 2.5 safe for toddlers?
Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 2 years old without medical advice. Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you apply hydrocortisone topical to your chest, avoid areas that may come into contact with the baby’s mouth.
Is hydrocortisone 2.5 stronger than 1?
These topical steroids are considered the least potent: Hydrocortisone 2.5% (Hytone cream/lotion) Hydrocortisone 1% (Many over-the-counter brands of creams, ointments, lotions)
How long does it take for hydrocortisone cream to work?
When should the medicine start working? Your child’s skin should start to look better after you have been applying the cream/ointment for 3–7 days.
Can hydrocortisone cream 2.5 be used for diaper rash?
A hydrocortisone ointment, anti-fungal cream, or antibiotic may be needed to clear it. Never use an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to treat diaper rash without your doctor’s okay; if used incorrectly, this can make symptoms worse or cause other side effects.