Here is the thing about managing eczema: it can be exhausting. If you have an eczema child who experiences constant flare ups, your schedule can fill up fast with eczema wrap changes, moisturizing, and wet wrap therapy, not to mention the usual chores around the house like cleaning and making food. Add to that the stress of your child constantly having to deal with the itching and discomfort of eczema, it can be overwhelming for just one person.
Thankfully, you don’t have to do it alone. If you live in a two-parent household or you have some other kind of external help such as parents or a babysitter, then help should be on the way! You can create a schedule that will allow you to divide the duties required for taking care of your eczema child, giving you a chance to breathe and take care of your own physical and mental health needs.
So, why create a schedule instead of playing it by ear? This is to make sure the division of “work” is fair and that both caregivers know exactly what they are doing. If duties are assigned, there will be no arguing over whose turn it is to do what. Another reason to have a schedule is that children generally like routine. If they expect one parent to be doing wet wrap therapy with them one night, they might be very upset when the other parent walks in instead. Creating a schedule will allow your child to know exactly what to expect, adding an extra layer of comfort and control.
If there is a stay-home parent, the division of eczema treatment might be as simple as the parent who is at home takes care of the eczema during the day and the working parent does wet wrap therapy at night. If this kind of a daytime/nighttime schedule works for you and your eczema child, great! If not, you might need to discuss something a little more specific.
An eczema child may also develop preferences and decide that they want to have a specific caregiver do specific tasks. If they decide one parent is better at doing wet wrap therapy, take their opinion into consideration. Don’t take their preference personally, they might just be going through a phase!
For many eczema children, wet wrap therapy is the treatment that tends to take up the most time. Between the bath, drying off, moisturizing, and getting the Eczema Wrap on, it can take upwards of a half-hour. As wet wrap therapy is pretty much equally divided into two parts (the bath and post-bath), you can split the work. One parent can do the bath part of wet wrap therapy while your eczema child splashes around in lukewarm water for about fifteen minutes, and the other could dry them off, moisturize them with an eczema-safe ointment, and put them in their slightly damp Eczema Rescue Suit or other kind of wrap such as Eczema Gloves or Eczema Socks. If you have an older eczema child who can bathe themselves, this can cut down on the time even more.
Keep in mind that, whatever schedule you decide on, it isn’t set in stone. The assigned “positions” could be permanent, or you could switch them up week by week. It’s whatever will work for your family and for your eczema child!