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metronidazole vaginal gel 0.75% for 6 month old baby

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    My baby is 6 months old and I was prescribed 0.75% metronidazole vaginal gel for five nights to treat my bacterial infection. Is it safe to continue breastfeeding while on this medication? I see two nurse practitioners, and both of them prescribed the same medicine. One strongly suggest me stop breastfeeding while I'm using the medicine. Another one said it's totally fine. So I am very nervous to take it. Besides, is there any other natural way to treat the bacterial infection, so I might be able to avoid using the 0.75% metronidazole vaginal gel? Thank you so much.

  • #2
    smhs: metronidazole vaginal gel is only about 2% absorbed vaginally. Therefore, I doubt there is any major risk to the breastfed infant. We use it all the time in pediatrics anymore.

    Lastly, there are few alternatives, such as clindamycin. I would not waste my time on natural remedies.

    Tom Hale Ph.D.


    • #3
      Thanks so much for your nice reply. I have another concern. My baby has eczema. Will this medicine make his eczema worse?


      • #4

        It is unlikely to cause your infant to have an eczema flair up with this medication as very little is absorbed with topical use, plus I cannot find anything saying metro gel is a known trigger.

        Sandra Lovato R.N.
        InfantRisk Center