In my post on “Are you suffering from Steroid-Phobia?”, I have encouraged parents to be open to using steroids under the doctor’s supervision. My baby girl Marcie has taken a one-time 3 weeks oral steroid course and has been applying steroid cream prescribed by her specialist doctor, like the o.1% Elomet Cream.
A recent research study confirmed that there is no major negative effect on the skin of children who have applied topical steroid over approximately 10 months. I couldn’t find the original study, supposedly published in Pediatric Dermatology. You can however find a summary of the report, widely published by numerous online news websites here. Main points reported by the online news are:
- 70 children tested versus a control group of 22 children
- 10 months’ usage with experts checking on skin transparency, flattening, shiny ‘glazed’ appearance or dilated blood vessels
- Result is no evidence of skin thinning, stretch marks or scars
- Do note that there is also comment that the sample size is too small, with information such as their age, doses not provided
For parents fearing the use of too potent steroid, below is a potency ranking chart from National Skin Centre’s website.