eczema is an allergic reaction to something in the child's environment. do NOT NOT NOT use hydrocortisone cream on a child younger than a year, and even then only once of twice a month. those creams cause thinning of the skin and actually make the skin less resistant to the allergen.
wash the skin and hair gently, soap or not, with your hands to remove all pet dander, pollen, dust, etc.. every day! use a protective cream like aquaphor or moisturelle or keri immediately after bathing. you want to use something that leaves a protective film on the skin to block out the allergen (assuming its outside of the body and not a food reaction.)
if clearing the child's environment of harsh chemicals and soaps doesn't help, try going on an elimination diet with supervision from your pediatrician. if your child is older than one year they can do an allergy panel to help you determine what's causing the kid to have this reaction!
at 2:54 AM on Oct. 13, 2010