Advantan for children - instructions for use


A drug called Advantan is often prescribed for inflammatory skin diseases. Such a remedy, when applied topically, effectively fights the symptoms of inflammation and allergic skin lesions, and also prevents the pathological thickening of the skin. But is it possible to use Advantan in treating children, what form of this medicine to choose and how often to use such a remedy for dermatitis in a child?

Release form

The drug is produced in several forms:

  • 0.1% cream. It is represented by a white opaque substance, packaged in tubes of 15 grams.
  • 0.1% ointment. This is a yellow-white opaque mass, which has a homogeneous viscous consistency. One tube contains 15 or 50 g of this ointment.
  • 0.1% fat ointment. This substance is translucent, with a white or yellowish tinge. It is packaged in tubes of 15 g.
  • 0.1% emulsion. It is represented by an opaque white mass in tubes weighing 20 grams.
Different form of release makes the application more comfortable


When Advantan is discharged to a child, many mothers are interested in whether this is a hormonal drug or not. Indeed, methylprednisolone aceponate, which is a synthetic steroid hormone, is the basis of any form of Advantan. It contains 1 mg per gram of ointment, emulsion or cream.

Additional substances in the cream are water, cetosteryl and benzyl alcohol, glycerol and other compounds. In addition to methylprednisolone and water, the ointment contains liquid paraffin wax and white wax, as well as petroleum jelly and emulsifier.

As part of oily ointment there is castor oil, paraffin (both liquid and soft) and microcrystalline wax. Auxiliary ingredients of Advantan emulsion are glycerol, medium chain triglycerides, Na edetate, water and other compounds.

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Operating principle

The active ingredient Advantan binds to receptors sensitive to it in the skin, due to which The preparation applied to the skin has antiallergic and anti-inflammatory effects. Such effects are due to the effect of methylprednisolone on the formation of inflammatory mediators. The drug also stimulates cell proliferation.

The use of Advantan reduces itching, swelling and redness. In addition, the medicine helps to eliminate excessive skin coarsening due to constant scratching.


Lubrication with Advantan is most often indicated for skin diseases that are successfully treated with local glucocorticoid dermatitis and eczema. In childhood, the tool is mainly prescribed for atopic dermatitis. This drug is also effective for severe sunburn, contact dermatitis, microbial eczema, neurodermatitis and some other skin lesions.

Dermatitis Facial Skin
Dermatitis skin on the back

How old can you use?

Lubricating the baby’s skin with Advantan is allowed from 4 months of age. At the same time, only a doctor should prescribe a medicine to children up to one year old, even if the baby has already turned 4 months.Even if there is evidence, Advantan is not assigned to a monthly child.


It is impossible to smear the skin with Advantan when:

  • Intolerance to the components of the drug.
  • Tuberculosis skin lesions.
  • Inflammation of the skin with syphilis.
  • With chickenpox and skin lesions in other viral diseases.
  • Perioral dermatitis.
  • Pink acne.
  • Skin vaccine reactions.

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Side effects

In rare cases, the child’s body may react to the application of any form of Advantan by local skin reactions - redness, blistering rash, itching or burning. Very rare side effects of treatment may be the appearance of hypertrichosis, perioral inflammation of the skin or folliculitis. On the part of the eyes, side effect of Advantan is glaucoma or cataract (if it smears it with a hand and the remedy has got on the mucous membrane).

How long can I use?

The drug acts primarily locally, and even with repeated treatment of large areas or applying an occlusive dressing on the lubricated skin, it does not disrupt the adrenal glands.

Studies have confirmed that the use of ointment or cream Advantan for four weeks, even at an early age does not lead to the appearance of stretch marks or rash (acne-like), dilation of skin vessels and atrophic skin lesions.

That is why the instructions for use for children of such forms of the drug limits the time of continuous use of funds to 4 weeks. As for the emulsion, it can be applied daily on the affected skin for no longer than two weeks in a row. In addition, skin treated with an emulsion should not be covered with a bandage (remember that in infants, the diaper is considered a variant of such a bandage).

Ointment or cream - which is better?

To determine the appropriate option Advantan, you should be aware of such features of different forms of this medicine:

  • The cream contains more water and less fat Therefore, this form is recommended for acute inflammation of the skin, as well as for weeping rashes. So Advantan use with oily skin. In addition, you can apply the cream on the hairy part of the skin. If the tool causes a strong drying of the skin, it is abandoned in favor of the ointment.
  • Ointment differs slightly more fat and reduced water content. Such Advantan is preferable for infiltrates and inflammations, in which the rash is not moist. After applying the ointment, the skin becomes slightly oily, but moisture and heat do not linger.
  • In a greasy ointment there is no water at all, therefore, the highest level of fat among all types of Advantan. This drug is indicated for chronic skin diseases. It is chosen if the affected surface is too dry.
  • The emulsion is permissible to apply for any skin diseases, but this form is most often chosen for sunburns and for contact dermatitis.
Ointment and cream Advantan different amount of fat and water in the composition

Instructions for use and dosage

  • Advantan is allowed to be used only for external skin treatment. As soon as the symptoms of skin disease have disappeared, the use of such medication is immediately stopped. With the preventive purpose Advantan is not applied to the skin.
  • The tool is applied once a day. It should be applied with a thin layer on the affected surface. Rub cream or ointment into the skin is not necessary. It is acceptable to mix Advantan cream with baby cream.
  • If Advantan in the form of an emulsion is prescribed to a child with solar dermatitis, treatment twice a day is acceptable. In this case, the drug can be rubbed into the surface of the skin with light movements.
  • Advantan hit on the mucous membrane of the eye is unacceptable. If the medicine is applied to the face, then you need to act very carefully so that the crumb can not be lifted into the eyes with a random movement.


Studies have shown that a single use of Advantan in a higher dosage (lubrication of a large area of ​​the skin) or the accidental ingestion of a drug does not have a toxic effect. If, however, Advantan is used longer than the recommended period (four weeks in children), or it is too abundant to constantly lubricate the skin, this can cause thinning of the skin, the formation of stretch marks, or the appearance of dilated small vessels. For the treatment of such problems, the drug is canceled.

Interaction with other drugs

Treatment with Advantan does not affect the efficacy of other medicines.

Terms of sale

Any form of Advantan can be purchased at pharmacies without a prescription.

Storage conditions and shelf life

For the storage of ointments, emulsions or creams, the following conditions apply:

  • Temperature is not more than + 25 ° С.
  • Lack of access for young children.
  • Term from the date of production - 3 years.

Oily ointment has a longer shelf life (5 years) and the ability to keep this form at temperatures up to + 30 ° C.

Like all drugs, Advantan should be kept out of the reach of children.


About Advantan and its use for children there are mostly good reviews. Parents who used this medicine for diathesis, in most cases, confirm the effectiveness of the medicine. Moms note that when lubricating allergic rash Advantan, pain, irritation and redness pass quickly enough, and itching stops torturing the child. The main disadvantage of Advantan for many parents is its rather high price. For this reason, some mothers choose inexpensive analogues.

Dr. Komarovsky considers Advantan one of the most effective drugs used in diathesis in children. He emphasizes that the product is modern, therefore it is almost not absorbed through the skin and acts only at the site of application. At the same time, a popular doctor focuses on the fact that hormonal creams only help to get rid of external symptoms, but do not eliminate the cause of allergy.

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If for any reason the use of Advantan is not possible, instead of such a drug, you can use other hormonal ointments. These can be the following substitutes for Advantan:

  • Akriderm. This medicine containing betamethasone is available in the form of an ointment or cream and is prescribed for 1 year.
  • Beloderm. The active substance in this tool is also betamethasone. In pediatrics, cream or Beloderm ointment is used from 6 months of age.
  • Elokom. This cream containing mometasone, used from 2 years of age. The drug is also available in the form of a lotion or ointment.
  • Momat. The basis of this cream or ointment is also the substance mometasone. The tool is used at the age of 2 years and older.
  • Sinoderm. Such a drug containing fluocinolone acetonide may be administered in infancy under the supervision of a physician. The medicine is represented by ointment, gel and cream.
  • Kutiveit. The active substance in this tool is fluticasone. The ointment can be applied from 6 months of age, and the cream is prescribed after a year.
  • Locoid. This ointment containing hydrocortisone, is allowed to use in children from six months.

In case of bacterial or fungal dermatitis Advantal, it is more expedient to replace it with means in which hormonal substances are supplemented with antimicrobial. These drugs include Pimafukort, Akriderm Ghent, Betaderm, Triderm other.

If the mother prefers to get rid of the allergy in the child with non-hormonal medications, she can advise the cream. Elidel (allowed from 3 months), ointment Desitin (safe for babies), ointment Pantoderm (used from birth), ointment Protopic 0.03% (assigned to children over 2 years old), Sudokrem (allowed at any age) and similar means.

Information provided for reference purposes. Do not self-medicate. At the first symptoms of the disease, consult a doctor.