Wet Wrap Therapy and Probiotics for Child Eczema.

Wet Wrap Therapy and Probiotics for Child Eczema.

Anne Fairchild McVey

Wet Wrap Therapy and Probiotics for Child Eczema.

Eczema is a chronic disease that has no cure, it can only be managed. Eczema and atopic dermatitis are two terms that can be used interchangeable and both describe the inflammatory skin condition that arises in children in the 1st year of life. Childhood eczema is a miserable condition that affects the entire family. Many describe the itch of eczema as being similar to poison ivy. This itch can lead to infection and also causes major sleep disturbances that create poor family relations, poor work performance in parents and learning disabilities in children from daytime drowsiness.

In the United States approximately 20% of children are affected by eczema. Eczema is the most common chronic skin disorder in children and the U.S. There are close to 6.4 million children suffering from the disease under 7 years of age in the United States.

Unfortunately, eczema is on the rise worldwide. Alarming statistics show the disease has doubled over the past 20 years and continues to rise. Childhood eczema should not be taken lightly as studies have shown that it is associated with the development of other related diseases such as food allergies, seasonal allergies and asthma. This development and link to other allergic diseases is called the Allergic Triangle. Asthma risks are twice as high with a child with eczema.

How is it best to prevent the progression to allergic diseases? The proper treatment of eczema as soon as it presents itself on the skin may help prevent the child from developing allergies and asthma.

Wet wrap therapy with the Soak and Seal Method is very helpful at getting the eczema under control. Dry wrap therapy works for mild to moderate eczema, wet wrap therapy works for moderate to severe eczema. Below is a diagram of the simple Soak and Seal Method and applying a wrap which is necessary for the effective treatment of eczema.

Probiotics for babies and children are also helpful in minimizing eczema symptoms. Several recent studies show positive results by decreasing eczema symptoms by 50%. This early treatment can also help halt the progression into other allergic diseases. The use of probiotics are safe and effective for preventing and treating childhood eczema with virtually no side effects.

Talk to your child’s pediatrician about administering a probiotic for your eczema child. They can be purchased at your local health food store or local pharmacy.  Also soy and dairy yogurts and probiotic drinks are very beneficial.  These can be purchased at your grocery store or health grocery store.

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