‘Serious health risks’: Singapore health authority warns against using rash cream after 4-year-old child hospitalised

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Photos showing the packaging for a cream touted as a treatment for skin rashes. The Health Sciences Authority is warning against its use because of potent ingredients in the product. — Health Sciences Authority via TODAY

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Thursday, 22 Dec 2022 11:24 PM MYT

SINGAPORE, Dec 22 — A four-year-old child was taken to hospital after using a skin product supposed to treat rashes, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said today.

Warning against its use, HSA said that the cream — known as Tao Ju Hui Yi Mei Li Shang Kou Hu Li Ruan Gao (淘聚汇益美丽伤口护理软膏) — had caused the child to suffer “serious adverse effects”.

The four-year-old had to seek treatment for upper respiratory tract infection and was found to have symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome — a serious medical condition caused by prolonged use of steroids — such as a “moon” face, excessive hair growth on the body and thinning of skin.

It was marketed on online shopping sites as a baby cream containing ingredients that “cannot be absorbed by the body” and that the ingredients “have no medicinal effects”.

What the authority detected was that there were four potent medicinal ingredients including two st...

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