The modified wet wrap technique can be helpful if your child has severe eczema or when your child’s eczema is flaring. Encourage your child to leave the wet wrap on for as long as possible. You may distract them with toys, books, or other activites if needed.
1. Give your child a bath in lukewarm water for 5 minutes.
2. Pat the skin dry after the bath and immediately apply Aquaphor ointment, Eucerin cream, petrolatum, or prescribed corticosteroid ointment to the affected areas as directed by your dermatology provider
3. Wet a pair of tight-fitting cotton pajamas or long-johns and wring them out until damp. Put on the wet pajamas. If only a small area is affected, then only wet those areas. Instead of wet pajamas, you may also use damp rolls of gauze (Kling or Kerlix) or a tubular dressing such as Tubifast
4. Put a pair of dry cotton pajamas or clothing over the wet pajamas/wraps
5. Keep your child warm and comfortable.
6. Leave the wet pajamas/wraps on for at least 1-2 hours, then remove, apply petrolatum, Aquaphor ointment, Eucerin cream or other moisturizer as directed by your physician, and dress your child in appropriate clothing.
At first you will do the wet wrap procedure daily for 1-2 weeks. After that you will do the wet wraps 1-3 times a week or as recommended by your provider.