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A & D Cream for Baby Burn

04/27/2010

Question:

Hi Pharmacist, Can I use A & D cream on a very small baby like a newborn for burn or other condition specified in the box? In the dosage section of the product doesn`t mention any age like other medicine.

Answer:

Thank you for contacting Net Wellness. Diaper rash is common. Approximately two-thirds of infants experience diaper rash at some time during infancy. Treatment of diaper dermatitis involves both non-medication and medication therapies. Treatment without medications includes frequent diaper changes. This reduces the contact time of the skin with urine or feces and protects the skin from further damage so that healing can occur. During diaper changes, the area should be cleaned well with water and then dried using a gentle, patting motion and air drying. Water in a squirt bottle allows cleaning without rubbing. Baby wipes should be free of alcohol, perfumes, soaps, and other agents that may be irritating to the skin. Baby wipes containing a water-based, alcohol-free lotion on a nonwoven material have been found to be less likely to cause irritation.

A&D Cream is a skin protectant. Topical protectants such as A&D creams are commonly used for medication for the treatment of diaper rash. They provide a physical barrier that protects against external irritants and moisture. It is not recommended to use A&D on burns, especially on an infant. Burns or other skin conditions should be evaluated.

Contact your pediatrician immediately if:
1) the rash does not look like it's going away.
2) the rash gets worse 2 to 3 days after treatment.
3) the rash includes pus-filled sore or blisters.
4) the rash is very painful.
5) your baby has a fever.

The website below can provide some helpful guidance as your child grows and development.

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Healthy Children

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Response by:

Sarah Hudson-DiSalle, PharmD, RPh
Specialty Practice Pharmacist of Outpatient Pharmacy
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University