Wet Wrapping

Another week, another eczema treatment. Allie’s wrists cracked and bled last week, prompting another call to the allergist for a game plan. The plan:

  • Apply her Protopic prescription 4x a day until the area heals;
  • Apply her steroid cream 2x a day until the area is under control; and
  • Soak her hands in lukewarm water for 20-30 minutes, then immediately apply moisturizers/medicines.

I laughed at him. “She’s 2 years old. I can’t get her to stand still for 2 minutes, let alone 20.”

“Then try wet wrapping the area,” he said. “Look it up on the internet for instructions.”

I’d already heard about wet wrapping. In essence, you take 100% cotton cloth, soak it in lukewarm water, squeeze lightly — until it stops dripping water, then apply it to the area, wrap with dry cloth, and wrap with something to keep it all in place. Some people do it everyday to help with eczema. They even make bodysuits for it. Well, not bodysuits. It’s basically uber tight footie pjs.

So I cut the arms off an old 100% cotton onesie, sat her on the counter, and — after promising her some ice cream — succeeded in wet wrapping her hands and wrists. Like so:

Wet wrapping 101: Always be prepared with bribes.

Wet wrapping 101: Always be prepared with bribes.

My little leper. For the record, that’s the sleeves of a 100% cotton onesie, covered with rolled gauze, which is then covered with elastic self-adhesive sports wrap.

According to one of the many Web sites I’ve looked at regarding eczema, dry skin occurs when the skin lacks moisture or water. So wet wrapping essentially puts moisture right against the skin, allowing it to be absorbed. It was worth a try at least.

And it worked.

When unwrapping, I did one hand/wrist at a time, slathering on our Protopic on the cracked skin and 2.5% hydrocortizone cream on the other parts before topping everything off with lotion, Aquaphor, and her 100% cotton gloves.

The next morning, her hands looked normal. It was amazing.

I also bought a small box of burn pads off Amazon to try overnight on her wrists during a flare-up.

Have any of you tried wet wrapping? Was it successful in helping with eczema?

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