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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can hydrocortisone cream 1% be used on a baby regularly?

    For example hydrocortisone cream is currently being applied fortnightly for approximately 3 to 4 days.
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  • The role of the Eczema Association of Australasia Inc (EAA) is to be a supportive body for eczema sufferers and carers, to increase public awareness … View Profile

    It is fine to use 1% hydrocortisone regularly on a baby under a GP or Dermatologist's direction. It is important to remember to use lots of moisturiser as well - apply 10 minutes either before or after the cortisone cream. The cortisone will control the skin flare and is important for effective eczema treatment and is safe to use as long as the skin gets a break from it regularly.

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    Dr Carolyn Ee

    Acupuncturist, GP (General Practitioner)

    I'm a Sydney GP with a special interest in women's health especially menopause and TTC ( trying to conceive). I specialise in acupuncture, and am … View Profile

    Hi there, yes it is safe but paying attention to the usual daily management of eczema is crucial, such as emollients, avoiding drying out the skin (short showers, avoid overheating etc) and excluding food allergies as a cause if there are regular flareups.

    It's important to apply a steroid cream as soon as the eczema appears reddened. Early application will resolve more quickly and your baby will use less steroid cream overall than if you waited until the eczema became more severe.

    Hydrocortisone 1% is a very mild steroid cream, and it may be worth speaking to your GP about something stronger for the body areas (not for the face though) such as Elocon. A stronger steroid cream will work more quickly and effectively, and may only require one day's application to settle the eczema.

    The Royal Children's Hospital has good information on eczema

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    Dr Edward howard

    Addiction Medicine Specialist, Cardiologist (Heart Specialist), Clinical Dermal Therapist, Counsellor, Dentist

    In children, OTC 1% hydrocortisone is intended for use in children over the age of two. It can be used safely with babies when used in small amounts and for short periods of time. Read more

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