Using antifungal creams mixed with baby body creams to bleach babies skin is deadly, a pediatrician Khadijat Ajadi has warned parents.
The Ilorin-based medical expert said such anti-fungal creams were medications and not to be used as body creams.
Khadijat said mixing Funbact A and Skineal with baby body creams is now a common practice among Nigerian mothers.
“The rate at which some mothers do this now is alarming and they even prescribe it to others openly,” she told NAN. “I want them to stop because these are drugs with dangerous side effects.”
According to her, this could “lead to serious side effects on the long terms including gastritis (stomach ulcers), wounds, poor growth, and other sinister side effects.
“If mothers religiously go through the packs of some of these medicated creams, words like “antifungal,” “antibacterial,” “anti-inflammatory” are written on them.
“The constituents are drugs including antibiotics, antifungal, and steroids and they are often prescribed for specific skin diseases and usually for a short duration and not usually more than two weeks.”