Ointment "Bepanten" for children: instructions for use
Bepantin has established itself as a highly effective local remedy against many types of skin lesions. Is it possible to use this medicine in infants when necessary, are there any limitations in the use of Bepanten in children?
Ointment Bepanthen is an opaque homogeneous substance, which has a slight smell of lanolin. One tube contains 30 g of such an elastic soft mass with a pale yellow tint. Also available and tubes larger volume, containing 100 g of ointment.
Note that Bepantin is also produced in the form of a cream, which is a white homogeneous substance with 5% content of dexpanthenol. This cream is also represented by two types of packaging - 30 g and 100 g. In addition, there is also a drug in pharmacies called Bepanten Plus, whose composition differs from the usual Bepanten. This is also a cream packaged in tubes of 30 and 100 g.
The component due to which Bepanten has a healing effect is represented by dexpanthenol. This substance in every gram of ointment contains 50 mg. Additionally, alcohols (stearyl, cetyl), lanolin and liquid paraffin are added to the preparation. Also in the composition of ointment Bepanten present water, almond oil, a substance called protegin X, white wax and soft paraffin.
The difference between the drug Bepanten plus is the presence in the composition of the second active substance, which is chlorhexidine. Since he noted the antiseptic effect, this cream is often prescribed for infection of the skin.
When applied externally, the ointment is quickly absorbed.
Once in the skin cells, dexpanthenol from Bepanthen is converted to vitamin B5, which is also called pantothenic acid.
This vitamin is important for the normal state of the skin and is involved in metabolic processes that occur in the skin. It has properties to stimulate the regeneration and healing of the skin, as well as moisturize it and prevent drying.
Ointment Bepanten enjoy:
- With diaper dermatitis.
- When diaper rash.
- For small thermal burns.
- When abrasions.
- If irritation of the skin occurs, for example, with prickly heat, or contact dermatitis.
- After sunburn.
- When diathesis, which is manifested by severe dryness, redness and peeling.
- With a slight frostbite of the cheeks.
- With ulcerative skin lesions that do not heal for a long time.
- With the appearance of bedsores.
- With shingles.
- After skin grafting.
In addition, the drug is applied to soften the skin, get rid of itching and faster healing with chickenpox, insect bites and bruises. Bepantenom can also lubricate the lips when weathering, cracks or herpes. Moms use this drug for cracked nipples and for cosmetic purposes.
How old can you be?
External use of ointment Bepantin allowed from birth, which is confirmed by clinical trials. Such a drug can be safely used in babies up to one year old, for example, if the skin of a month-old baby is irritated by a diaper. You should consult with your doctor about using Bepanthen with extensive lesions of the skin, its infection and the absence of the therapeutic effect of lubrication for 2 weeks.
Instructions for use Bepanthen forbids the use of such an ointment only for individual hypersensitivity to any of its components. Also not recommended for its use in the infection of the skin.
In very rare cases, the child’s body may react to Bepanthen’s application by itching or urticaria. If such an allergy occurs, the remedy should be canceled immediately.
Instructions for use and dosage
- Ointment Bepanten should be applied exclusively outwardly. The medicine smears the cleansed skin of a small patient 1 or 2 times a day, gently rubbing the product until completely absorbed.
- The frequency of treatment and the amount of ointment used are adjusted by the doctor depending on the reason for using Bepanten.
- If the drug is applied to a baby with a diaper rash, the skin treatment is carried out during each change of the diaper or diaper. It is desirable that the tool does not fall into the intimate place of the baby, but if this happened, there are often no negative effects.
- When Bepanten requires smearing the face, it is important to prevent the ointment from getting on the conjunctiva. If the drug gets into the eye, wash it off immediately with plenty of clean water.
As shown by studies of the drug, even high doses of Bepanthen do not lead to the development of hypervitaminosis or other negative reactions.
Interaction with other drugs
Bepanthen in the form of ointment has no effect on the treatment of other drugs.
Terms of sale
Bepanten, both in the form of an ointment and in the form of a cream, can be obtained from a pharmacy without any problems, since these are non-prescription drugs. The average cost of a tube weighing 30 g is 350-450 rubles.
Storage conditions and shelf life
To keep the ointment from losing its properties and not spoiling, the tube of Bepanten should be kept in a dry place, and the storage temperature should not rise above +25 degrees. The shelf life of the drug is a period of 3 years.
Almost all the reviews of parents who used it in atopic dermatitis, diaper rash or other problems with baby skin. In most cases, the drug remains satisfied, noting its safety for children and ease of use.
According to moms, the ointment is easy to apply and, if necessary, wash off, and no stains on the clothes or hands remain. They also emphasize that after lubrication with Bepantenom, the treated skin is well-moistened, and minor injuries quickly disappear.
Among the shortcomings, the high price of an ointment is often mentioned, which is why some parents prefer similar products with lower cost.
In addition, many mothers find the ointment too viscous and oily, so they move to the use of the cream.
Instead of Bepanten ointment, the treatment of the baby’s skin may be carried out by another form of this medicine - cream. This option is best suited for very dry skin, because it is easier to absorb and moisturizes well. In addition, the cream is more convenient to use for the treatment of the skin of the face, including for preventive purposes (to protect against frost and wind).
Replace Bepanten capable and any other skin products containing dexpanthenol. For example, cream or ointment D-Panthenol, ointment Pantoderm, ointment Dexpanthenol or spray Panthenolspray. Other alternatives that have a similar effect on the skin can also be an alternative to the use of Bepanthen. These drugs can be called Sudokrem, Desitin or Drapolen.
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