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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Shaz | 2004/01/12

Q.

Allergies and breast feeding

Hi, my baby is now almost 6 weeks old and I have been experiencing quite bad skin allergies. Creams don't seem to help (I have been give mylocort and the generic for anthisan) these don't work for long and then the allergy seems to come back even worse. I have been told not to take my usual tablets - zyrtic or allergex. I am at my wits end as I do not want to give up breastfeeding. I did give him formulae for 24 hours while I took a course of phenergen (anthisan tablets). But I can already feel the allergy coming back and I have only just started breastfeeding again - please help.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I will definitely advise to continue breast feeding. The treatment of skin allergies is topical. Using low dose topical steroids with regular hydration is the best treatment for your skin and the safest for your baby, but these need to be applied diligently and for prolonged periods of time if necessary. Systemic anti-histamines should not be necessary for the control of chronic skin allergies (eczema).

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