....more. Topical meds like steroids offer relief when itching is horrendous. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and hyrdoxyzine can also help. I prefer to approach it with the methods mentioned above to stimulate healing from the inside out. Allergy testing and food allergy testing with companies like alcat can also offer beneficial information. There is much that can be done to help.
Protect. Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress.
LOTS. Atopic dermatitis/eczema indicates an allergic tendency and many children with eczema have underlying food allergies. Food elimination diet of gluten and dairy may improve things. Adding cod liver oil and probiotics can help many. I have had wonderful success with homeopathy and chinese medicine in improving atopic dermatitis. See more....
Eczema. Moisturizing creams are the mainstay of treating eczema. Hydrocortisone ointment may be used on the lips and other parts of the body. There are more potent steroid ointments available by prescription from your doctor. Another class of treatment are called topical calcineurin inhibitors (pimecrolimus and tacrolimus) are available for patients older than 2 years by prescription, applied 2x a day.