Baby suffers horrifying side effects from steroid cream
A mum has been left horrified after her baby doubled in size and grew hair on her face from a steroid cream she was given to treat dry skin.
The parents sought medical treatment for the five-month-old girl after she ballooned to 11 kilograms.
Doctors ran a number of tests after the young girl was rushed to the hospital in China to find out exactly what was causing the weight gain.
Medics said they were taken aback when the parents revealed the only food she was consuming was her mother's breast milk, which was tested and found to be normal.
The problem was becoming increasingly worse a month later, despite doctors asking the parents to reduce the child's food intake.
She had swelled to double her size and grown dark hair on her forehead and cheeks.
After another visit to the hospital, the baby was taken to a specialist unit where a nurse noted that four other babies had been suffering from the same symptoms.
When the mother was asked if she had applied any creams on her daughter, she responded with "Yifulin", the cream she had been using to treat her daughter's dry skin.
After examining the product, they realised it contained 30mg of clobetasol propionate, which doctors say should only be used for a short amount of time.
The five-month-old was using the product for a minimum of two months before the side effects began to take place.
The lotion has since been removed from shelves in China after other parents came forward to complain about its side effects.
According to the doctors treating the baby girl will be difficult and the hair growth may take several years to fall out.
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