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Can you use hydrocortisone cream on babies?

Medically reviewed by Sally Chao, MD. Last updated on May 30, 2022.

Official answer


No. It’s not recommended to apply hydrocortisone cream to children under 2 years of age. Children may absorb larger amounts of topical hydrocortisone than adults.

  1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) 0.1%. October 2014. Available at: [Accessed April 30, 2022].
  2. U.S. National Library of Medicine DailyMed. Cortizone 10 sensitive skin anti-itch creme. December 29, 2021. Available at: [Accessed April 30, 2022].

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