Wet Wrap Therapy for Eczema - Technique is Important for Maximum Relief.

Wet Wrap Therapy for Eczema - Technique is Important for Maximum Relief.

Jennie Lyon

Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Wet Wrap Therapy for Eczema?

Parents of children who suffer from eczema are quick to recognize the amazing benefits of wet wrap therapy. Wet wrap therapy has been recommended by doctors because of it's quick and drastic improvement of eczema symptoms.  Wet wrap therapy is an eczema treatment that is extremely safe for baby, child and toddler eczema.  Studies report a decrease in the need for topical steroids and other eczema drugs.  This is a welcomed benefit for parents worried about the side effects of topical drugs on their babies and children with eczema.  But are you getting the most out of your wet wrap therapy?

Wet wrap therapy also decreases staph bacteria (staphylococcus aureus) found on the skin, reduces redness, and reduces inflammation. A study conducted in July 2014 showed a reduction of eczema symptoms by 71%; wet wrap therapy rehydrates dry skin, lessens itching, and promotes more restful sleep.

Wet Wrap Therapy Method:

  • Soak your child in a lukewarm tub of water for 10-20 minutes.
  • Remove your child from the tub and pat dry with a clean towel.
  • Apply topical medication sparingly and quickly to the affected areas.
  • Apply creams/ointments generously all over the skin while still damp.
  • Immediately dress your child in damp specialty eczema wraps or damp cotton clothing.
  • After the damp layer, a dry layer of cotton clothing should be worn overtop.
  • Leave your child in the wrap for at least 2 hours before removing the clothing.
  • Below is a helpful diagram on wet wrap therapy.

The proper technique for wet wrap therapy must be followed carefully to ensure optimum results. Traditionally, the process of wet wrap therapy could be confusing and cumbersome. As you can imagine, wrapping a child from head-to-toe with wet and dry gauze can be a lot of work and very cumbersome. Using cotton clothing also isn’t ideal as it becomes uncomfortable when wet.

You can get the most out of your wet wrap therapy, and save yourself from a lot of the challenges of the traditional gauze method, by using new wraps Wrap-E-Soothe garments. These new products are a breakthrough for parents, doctors, and nurses. The traditional process can take up to one hour with a wiggly child while the new garments can be applied in under two minutes. Not only do the ready-made garments greatly reduce the application time involved with wet wrap therapy but the specialty eczema wraps also stay damp for 2 hours and then become an anti-itch dry wrap. The Wrap-E-Soothe garments are made with skin soothing TENCEL® fabric which retains 50% more moisture than cotton for extremely effective wet wrap therapy. The perfect amount of spandex is added to allow for a close fit rather than a baggy, loose and uncomfortable one with cotton.

These products are starting to be covered by insurance companies and Medicaid. Check with your provider.

Wrap-E-Soothe garments are also great worn dry as anti-itch undergarments and as a protection layer to prevent harmful scratching.

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