Last update Dec. 26, 2020

Calamine

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

It is a fine powder composed of zinc (oxide or carbonate) and a small amount of iron oxide.
Used, without evidence of its efficacy, as a skin antipruritic.
Authorized use in young infants.
Topical application.

Since the last update we have not found any published data on its excretion in breast milk.

The small dose and poor plasma uptake of most topical dermatological preparations make it very unlikely that significant amounts will pass into breast milk.

Do not apply on the chest to prevent the infant from ingesting it; if necessary, apply after breastfeeding and clean well with water before the next feed.

List of WHO essential medicines: compatible with breastfeeding (WHO / UNICEF 2002).

Alternatives

We do not have alternatives for Calamine since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

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References

  1. WHO / UNICEF. BREASTFEEDING AND MATERNAL MEDICATION Recommendations for Drugs in the Eleventh WHO Model List of Essential Drugs. Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (WHO/UNICEF) 2002 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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