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Desonate and Breastfeeding

It is not clear if Desonate (desonide gel) passes through breast milk. However, similar steroids have been shown to pass through breast milk in small amounts. If you are breastfeeding, talk to your healthcare provider before using Desonate. Your healthcare provider may recommend using this drug, as long as you take precautions, such as having your baby avoid direct contact with the affected area.

Is Desonate Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

Desonate® (desonide gel) is a skin medication used to treat atopic dermatitis. At this time, it is unknown if Desonate passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using this medication.

More Information on Breastfeeding and Desonate

No research has been done to see if Desonate passes through breast milk. However, other similar steroids are known to pass through breast milk. However, even when steroids are taken by mouth or by injection, only very small amounts pass through breast milk. This implies that skin use of steroids would probably result in even smaller amounts (if any) passing through breast milk, although this is not known for sure.
Direct skin-to-skin contact with areas where the gel has been applied should be avoided to prevent exposing the baby to the gel by skin transfer. Also, avoid applying it near or on the nipple. If this is not possible, be sure to completely remove the medication before the baby nurses.
Since desonide gel usually works so well for quickly relieving skin inflammation, some mothers wonder if they could use it on a stubborn diaper rash. Never apply this (or any other medication prescribed for yourself) to a diaper rash without first checking with your healthcare provider. Young children are more likely to absorb a dangerously high amount of the medication, especially when applied to broken skin (like a diaper rash) and especially when the area is covered, such as by a diaper. Desonate should never be used to treat diaper rash.
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