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Calendula vs. hydrocortisone creams

My doctor recently recommend hydrocortisone cream to reduce my baby's inflammed rash--a.k.a. eczema--which he developed from the buckets of drool constantly trickling down his chin. But isn't hydrocorisone risky for babies (and, over the long term, for adults)? Considering its side effects include skin thinning and unusual hair growth, I wondered if there was a natural alternative. I asked a friend of mine, Erin Stokes, ND, who practices naturopathic medicine in Boulder, Colorado, and she suggested trying a product with calendula, a natural topical anti-inflammatory. I already had the Weleda Calendula Baby Cream at home and ended up buying the Burt's Bees Baby Bee Skin Creme, which isn't made with calendula, but has other skin-soothing ingredients his skin seems to like. The combination of those two creams seems to be working so far.

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