Living with eczema for nearly five years now has taught me a lot about what eczema treatment to use when and which treatments do and don’t work for my little boy’s eczema. Wet wrapping is something I heard about through pharmacy and always wondered how it worked to treat eczema.
What is wet wrapping for eczema?
Wet wrapping is all about providing a barrier to give the skin a moisture boost. Generally wet wrapping involves the following steps, but always get your doctor’s advice on the best way to wet wrap your child’s eczema and when to use wet wrapping.
- Start with a giving your child a ten minute lukewarm bath
- After the bath gently pat your child’s skin dry and within two minutes of your child getting out of the bath apply a thick layer of moisturiser
- Prepare the wet dressings either clothing, bandages or special wet dressing clothing by wetting them in warm water and then wringing them out until damp (they shouldn’t be dripping with water)
- Then dress or apply the wet dressings on your child making sure all areas affected by eczema are covered
- Cover the damp layer of clothing or dressing with a dry layer of clothing
- Check the temperature of the room your child will be in, it shouldn’t be too hot, too cold or breezy
- Leave the wraps on for at least two hours
- Then remove the wraps, apply moisturiser again and dress as usual.
Make sure you have some fun indoor activities lined up for when your child is in wet wraps to make the time pass by.
How does wet wrapping work for as a treatment for eczema?
Wet wrapping is an intensive treatment to hydrate and soothe eczema skin. The layer of wet clothing or bandages locks the moisture into the skin by giving the moisturiser time to absorbed completely. It also can relieve the itchiness because as the water evaporates from the wet wraps it gives a cooling sensation.
This blog post was brought to you and your bub with love and care from Julia and the itchy baby co. team. X
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional