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A 28-year-old female asked:

Im breastfeeding my 1 month old. i also have bad eczema on my hands. is it safe to use cortisone cream or triamcinolone acetonide while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Hydrocortisone or triamcinolone creams on a parent's skin is usually not relevant to their baby. In general, parents can use non-medicated cream on themselves, and then do breastfeeding, burping, and diaper changing. After finishing the baby-care, parents can then use the medicated creams on themselves, which dries and somewhat wears off during the hours before the next baby-care session.
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 38 years experience
The cream is usually absorbed well and the application may be timed after a feed rather than before a feed. Eczema is often genetic and among infants may have food allergies in association. Please discuss with your pediatrician. Keep hands clean and nails trim.
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Last updated Jul 25, 2021


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