Childhood Diseases

Posted by: KC | 2012/04/12



Hi Dr
My four year old son suffers with dry skin, especially on his cheeks. His skin appears very delicaate/thin on his cheeks and I have written in before about thin spider veins on the cheeks. I took your advice regarding the vitamin C and I have seen an improvement. With winter starting he has broken out with a little rash. My GP prescribed Protopic to use when his skin seems particulary dry. Being one of those moms that Drs cringe about, I googled Protopic (I wanted to double check it was not a cortisone) and was quite alarmed to find that the ointment is not recommended for general use and has been linked to cancer. I value your advise and opinion and would appreciate your thoughts on using the ointment on my son.
Thank you.

Expert's Reply



Proptopic is not a cortisone cream, but is known as an immune modulating cream. It is sometimes used to treat eczema in children,but only the difficult forms of ezczema that some children may have. It is certainly not recommended for a 4 year old with relatively mild eczema. Rather just moisturise your son's skin morning and evening using Epimax. You cannot use too much of the Epimax especially after bathing.

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