Eczema can't truly be cured, but many children seem to "outgrow" their eczema as adults. The best way to manage it is with a combination of moisturizing agents to prevent dryness and itching of the skin, along with anti-inflammatory agents that help to reduce the redness and irritation. Good moisturizing agents include hydrated petrolatum (Vaseline, for example), or thick creams such as Eucerin. Moisturizing bath solutions such as Aveeno and Balnetar can be helpful as well. In cases where there is significant inflammation, steroid-based creams can be used to quickly reduce the bumps and irritation. You should talk with your doctor if the eczema does not respond to simple, over-the-counter strength hydrocortisone steroid cream. More potent steroid creams can be given by prescription if necessary.
Cure for Eczema?
Pediatrics Expert Advice from Shari Nethersole, M.D.