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Topical Steroids

Low Risk

Also known as:

Aveeno Anti-Itch® betamethasone CeraVe Anti-Itch® Cortizone-10® hydrocortisone cream mometasone VaniCream HC Anti-Itch™

Possible Symptoms
  • Minor upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Eye irritation
What to Do
  1. Wipe or rinse out the mouth.
  2. Give a serving size of water to drink.
  3. Rinse any exposed skin with lukewarm water and soap.
  4. Call 1-800-222-1222 for additional instructions.
If Exposed to Eyes
  1. Start rinsing eye(s) with lukewarm water.
  2. Call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further recommendations.

Additional Information

Topical steroids, such as Hydrocortisone Cream, are used to treat skin irritation or rashes caused by inflammation. These topical steroid creams or ointments often contain ingredients like betamethasone, hydrocortisone, and triamcinolone. There are several different brands of topical steroids available.  These products should be used on a child only with medical advice from a doctor or pharmacist.

If swallowed, topical steroids do not usually cause any harm. Symptoms are usually limited to mild upset stomach. Due to the creamy nature of the product, it can cause a loose stool.

If you notice that your child has ingested a topical steroid such as hydrocortisone cream, gel, or ointment, do not panic. Take the product away from the child and wipe their mouth out with a soft wet cloth. You may give them some water to drink to get the taste out of their mouth. Do not try to induce vomiting.

After you have removed your child from the situation, immediately call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.  Treatment recommendations are often determined by the amount ingested. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions and our team of medical professionals will help to walk you through the next steps.

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