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    Use common sense for dermatologic concerns

    In my 40-plus years of practice as a pediatrician, I have found these simple solutions for some common dermatologic problems in infants and young children.

    1. ­Parents are often told not to use lotion on newborns as it can block their pores. I do not know of any evidence in support of this statement. That having been said, I do tell parents that the lotion will probably do more for the parents than the infant, as the newborn skin will smooth out on its own in a few weeks.

    2. ­Clobetasol 0.05% for 6 weeks can be tried for alopecia areata.1

    3. ­Terbinafine is good for Trichophyton tonsurans, griseofulvin for Microsporum.2

    4. ­Topical sirolimus can be used for facial angiofibromata in tuberous sclerosis.3

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