Hydrocortisone (hydrocortisone) Cream 2.5% is a topical steroid used by Medical Doctors to treat inflammation of the skin caused by a number of conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, or psoriasis.
Common side effects include nausea, heartburn, headache, dizziness, menstrual period changes, trouble sleeping, increased sweating, or acne.
Infants born to mothers who have been using hydrocortisone during pregnancy for an extended period of time may have hormone problems. If enough is absorbed, it can affect certain hormone levels which can cause reduced growth rate of the child. The steroid can also be passed into breast milk. Therefore using steroids directly on the skin of infants and toddlers is even more risky.
Eczema in children is one of the most common problem moms ask me about.
These are some of the treatments I use with my patients and are totally safe at any age including newborns!
Eliminate the top food allergens such as dairy (cow milk products), soy, and wheat. This includes breastfeeding moms as well as babies and toddlers.
Also eliminate environmental toxins as much as possible. For instance use only Natural Cleaning products and baby wipes. Also use natural unscented laundry detergent and fabric softeners that do not contain harsh chemicals. Do not use hand sanitizers with alcohol instead use Natural hand sanitizers (CleanWell).
Add Junior Omega 3-6-9 (Nordic Naturals) to your child’s diet to moisturize from the inside out and to decrease skin inflammation. Dosage: 10 drops- 1/8 tsp for infants- 1 year, 2- 3 yrs ¼ tsp, 4-6yrs ½ tsp.
To improve skin healing I suggest Homeopathic Sulfur 6x (Boiron) little pellets you put in the mouth, taste sweet and easy to use. Dosage follow as directed on label, with infants dissolve pellets in water and spoon into mouth. Keep 15 minutes away from feeding. Many parents are astonished how well this helps.
Topically use Homeopathic Florasone Cream (Boericke & Tafel) to alleviate itching and inflammation and alternate this with Pure Refined Emu Oil (Newland Farm). It is an anti-inflammatory oil that will also soften the skin and hold in natural moisture. Use several times a day, particularly after baths and before putting to bed at night.
Oatmeal & Baking soda baths also help alleviate itching from eczema and other skin irritants. To make one, simply put about 1/3 cup of oats & 1 teaspoon baking soda in a clean sock and tie off. r. Place into baby’s bath and stir water looks cloudy and feels "silky". Let your little one soak for around 10- 15 minutes.
Be aware that children with eczema are more susceptible to bacterial skin infections, especially in areas where the rash is the worst. To prevent this use natural antibiotic Colloidal Silver gel. It’s also great for preventing and treating diaper rash, sunburns, burns and wounds.
Before you know it you and your baby / toddler will be happy and prescription free! For more information call our radio program Holistic Healthline Saturdays 8-10 am Toll Free 1-866-920-9455.