Kids with eczema need a thin layer of a moisturizer applied every day, or even better, twice a day. There are many that work well, but for the face, I like Aquaphor. It is strong, yet gentle enough to use on the skin of premature infants . When there is a flare-up, kids often need something stronger to break the itch-scratch-itch cycle. Steroid creams are often used for that. These should not be used long-term and most doctors do not recommend using them on the face. The strongest steroid I feel comfortable with on the face is about 3 percent hydrocortisone -- about three times stronger than the hydrocortisone you could get over the counter.
For skin conditions such as eczema, hydrocortisone is put on the skin to help relieve inflammation. Hydrocortisone cream can be bought over-the-counter and used to help reduce the symptoms of eczema in around 80% of people who suffer from this condition. The available strength used is only 1% hydrocortisone and is generally safe for older children and adults. 2% hydrocortisone may be needed for more severe cases or people with thicker skin. Hydrocortisone normally takes about 2 to 3 days to bring relief to itching and scaly skin. Use of hydrocortisone should always be done under the supervision of a physician or even a dermatologist.
Shake the drops gently to be sure the medicine is well mixed. Tilt your head back slightly and pull down on your lower eyelid. Position the dropper above your eye. Look up and away from the dropper. Squeeze out a drop and close your eye. Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to prevent the liquid from draining down your tear duct. If you are using more than one drop in the same eye, repeat the process with about 5 minutes between drops. If you are using drops in both eyes, repeat the process in the other eye.