I have 2 children both that had eczema from when they were @ younger age. Instead of the oral Prednesolone (this is a steriod), ask about ELOCON cream. This is a cream that you can put with a small amount on areas that needed it. It has worked well for both my kids.
Also what my pediatrician did to my daughter's severe eczema is for her to take Benadryl oral (but this is to be prescribed dosage by the doctor).
Eczema can be caused by different things, such as the detergent you use, the food your son may be eating that he might be allergic to, pet hair. One thing also that they can do an allergy test by drawing blood and sending to the lab to test for any type of substance that he might be allergic to.
Also try lotions for him that has no perfume on it, there's some products that you can get over the counter in the baby aisle, one is like lotion with oatmeal, this helps soothe the irritation along with the ELOCON cream this will help.
Below is something you can read, a topic about eczema from WEBMD.COM.
Hope this will give some type of info that hopefully can help.
Babies and Eczema
How Can I Treat My Baby’s Eczema?
Taking care of baby's skin is the first step to managing infant eczema, especially when the condition is mild. Try:
* Moisturizers. A good moisturizing ointment like petroleum jelly or fragrance-free creams, when used daily, will help baby's skin retain its natural moisture. Apply immediately after a bath.
* A lukewarm bath. This helps hydrate and cool the skin, and may reduce itching. Speak with your about using a an antihistamine to help relieve your baby's itchy skin.
* Topical steroids. Over-the-counter steroids like hydrocortisone creams and ointments can help reduce the redness and inflammation of baby's eczema, when used as directed. Though these creams are safe, they can lead to thinned skin and other issues if applied for too many days to the same part of the body.
* Other topical treatments are available by prescription to ease inflammation. Speak with your pediatrician.
In severe cases of eczema in children, skin care can be complemented with:
* Ultraviolet light therapy
* Antibiotics for rashes that become infected.
How Can I Help My Baby’s Eczema at Home?
One of the keys to treating infant eczema is to prevent baby from scratching. Scratching can make the rash worse, lead to infection, and cause the irritated skin to get thicker and more leathery.
Be sure baby's nails are trimmed often, and then take the edge off of them with a file if you can. Some parents also slip "scratch mittens" onto their little one's hands. Others try long socks, tucked in under a long-sleeved shirt, so they're harder for baby to remove.
Other things you can do to treat baby's eczema at home include:
* Bathe baby for no more than ten minutes in warm water. Hot water can strip skin of its natural, protective oils.
* Use mild, unscented body and laundry soaps. Perfumed, deodorant, and anti-bacterial soaps can be rough on baby's sensitive skin.
* Use soap only where baby may be dirty, such as the genitals, and hands and feet. Simply rinse off the rest of baby's body.
* Pat baby's skin dry; don't rub.
* Apply a moisturizer while baby's skin is wet.
* Oatmeal soaking products added to baby's tub may make your little one's skin less itchy. Talk to your doctor.
* To minimize the irritation of clothing rubbing on the skin, dress baby in loose clothes made of cotton. Always wash new clothes before putting them on baby.
* Avoid putting too many blankets on baby or overdressing your little one. This can make baby hot and sweaty, triggering an eczema flare.
When Should I See a Doctor About Baby Eczema?
Don't just assume your baby has eczema -- get a medical diagnosis first. This not only eases your mind, it can help you treat baby's eczema more effectively.
Once you know infant eczema is what you're dealing with, keep an eye on baby's condition and call your doctor if:
* Baby doesn't respond to treatment within a week of starting over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams. Prescription treatment may be necessary.
* A yellow or light brown crust or pus-filled blisters appear on top of the eczema. This could be the sign of a bacterial infection that needs antibiotics.
* Baby is exposed to anyone with cold sores or genital herpes, both of which baby is more likely to contract.