Dr Shainhouse of SkinSafe Dermatology and Skin Care is an expert at managing eczema in both children and adults. Eczema, aka atopic dermatitis, is an itchy, persistent or recurrent skin rash that tends to develop in infancy and resolve with time. It begins on the cheeks, body and extremities in infants, progresses to skin folds in kids, and eventually to hands in adults. The latest research shows that most children who develop eczema before 2 years of age will clear; 80% of kids outgrow it by 8 years of age, and less than 5% will persist into adulthood. It has been associated with a genetic defect in proteins in the protective skin barrier. Treatment aims to manage itch, reduce acute inflammation flares and maintain the integrity of the skin barrier.