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When should I use a steroid ointment on my child?

 

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Topical steroids should be applied no more than twice daily. One application should occur immediately after bathing as part of the bathing routine. A moisturizer should always be applied over the topical steroid. Topical steroids should be applied to red itchy skin until the skin is less inflamed and more comfortable. Be aware that the skin may look lighter in color after the redness clears. This is normal and improves with time.

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