Toddler Acne Medication
True toddler acne is very rare. According to Dr. David L. Fay, associate director of the Waukesha Family Practice Residency Program, it is such a rare condition that toddlers should be checked out by a physician to see if there is any other "cause" for the problem. However, the red, inflamed bumps on your baby's or toddler's face can be great cause for concern.
Newborn Acne vs. Toddler Acne
According to Dr. A. Greene, author and clinical professor of pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, acne can happen at any stage of life. His site, drgreene.com, tells of newborn acne that occurs soon after birth and is short-lived, requiring no treatment. But he also talks about infantile acne that may last 2 to 3 years for some children.
Treating Toddler Acne
Toddler acne is typically very mild and can be treated without medications by gentle washing with soap and water, according to Dr. Greene. However, if the acne does not respond to this first step, physicians may recommend the following medications. Dr. Greene says that acne medications are the same regardless of age.
A prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide medication may be necessary; consult with your pediatrician prior to using any medications on your child's face. A toddler's young skin is already sensitive, and more harm than good could result. Benzoyl peroxide is often used for teens to help kill bacteria, unplug oil ducts and heal pimples.
Benzamycin topical gel is a combination of 5 percent Benzoyl Peroxide and Erythromycin (an antibiotic), and has been known to be very effective for inflammatory acne. Again, be sure to speak with your pediatrician or dermatologist prior to using topical antibiotics on a toddler's face.
If the physician feels that bacteria are playing a significant role in your child's acne, an oral antibiotic such as Tetracycline or Minocin may be prescribed. It is not uncommon for physicians to use oral antibiotics in combination with topical treatments like those mentioned above.
A toddler's skin is very sensitive. All medications should be used with caution. Watch your child for signs of heightened sensitivity to the drug, such as increased redness or swelling on the face. Allergic reactions, although not common, may include difficulty breathing or an all-over body rash, and may require emergency treatments. Be sure to keep all medications out of your child's reach.
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