Eczema Wraps

Unfortunately my daughter has a very bad case of eczema.  It's something that she struggles with almost daily.  When she was 5 she ended up in the hospital for a couple of days due to her excess struggle and while we were there they taught me how to do these wraps that I do on her now.  I get asked almost weekly how we do these wraps so I decided to do a tutorial so I can show people how I do them.  This is not to sale or promote a product, I just know exactly how hard it is when your kid is struggling and you have no solution.  So here you go, I hope this helps out a few people.

You need saran wrap, a thick lotion (I use Eucerin, but sometimes you have to try out a few to find what works best for you), Triamcinolone Ointment (This is a prescription so talk to your doctor and see if this will work for you), wet towels (I use hand towels since she is little and they wrap all around her legs.)

You need saran wrap, a thick lotion (I use Eucerin, but sometimes you have to try out a few to find what works best for you), Triamcinolone Ointment (This is a prescription so talk to your doctor and see if this will work for you), wet towels (I use hand towels since she is little and they wrap all around her legs.)

This is what her poor skin looks like.

This is what her poor skin looks like.

It's important to note that she has a staph infection as well.  It's common for people with eczema to get staph since they are always itching and breaking the skin open.  You can do bleach baths to help, but honestly I don't like doing them.  This is what the doctor told me to do https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/treatment/alternative-therapies/bleach-baths/ so try it out and see if it works for you. 

It's important to note that she has a staph infection as well.  It's common for people with eczema to get staph since they are always itching and breaking the skin open.  You can do bleach baths to help, but honestly I don't like doing them.  This is what the doctor told me to do https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/treatment/alternative-therapies/bleach-baths/ so try it out and see if it works for you. 

To start with the wraps get your towels wet with warm water and wring them out really well so they aren't dripping anymore.  

To start with the wraps get your towels wet with warm water and wring them out really well so they aren't dripping anymore.  

Apply a thick layer of lotion and do not rub it into the skin. 

Apply a thick layer of lotion and do not rub it into the skin. 

Wrap wet towels around the effected area.

Wrap wet towels around the effected area.

Wrap the Saran wrap around the towels to keep them in place and to keep the area really moist.  This will allow the pores in the skin to open up and it intensifies the lotion and makes it more effective.

Wrap the Saran wrap around the towels to keep them in place and to keep the area really moist.  This will allow the pores in the skin to open up and it intensifies the lotion and makes it more effective.

Now hang tight for about 30 minutes

Now hang tight for about 30 minutes

It's insane how much better it looks just after 30 minutes.

It's insane how much better it looks just after 30 minutes.

You can stop here if you want.  I do this most of the time, but if you need an extra boost to get it under control that's when I go to the next step.

You can stop here if you want.  I do this most of the time, but if you need an extra boost to get it under control that's when I go to the next step.

Okay, this seems really innocent but it can be a big deal.  This is part of the reason my daughter ended up in the hospital due to over use.  The dozen doctors I took her too kept telling me to use this everyday and as it got worse they gave me stronger meds for her.  Apparently the skin can become addicted and will have withdrawals.  Read This https://nationaleczema.org/education-announcement-topical-corticosteroids-eczema/ and this link http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3216892/Eczema-sufferer-kept-applying-steroid-cream-hospitalised-suffering-horrific-reaction-overuse.html . I'm glad she wasn't as bad as this but she was in a lot of pain because of it.  I don't use this more then 3 days in a row anymore and I only use it when I ABSOLUTELY have to.  

Okay, this seems really innocent but it can be a big deal.  This is part of the reason my daughter ended up in the hospital due to over use.  The dozen doctors I took her too kept telling me to use this everyday and as it got worse they gave me stronger meds for her.  Apparently the skin can become addicted and will have withdrawals.  Read This https://nationaleczema.org/education-announcement-topical-corticosteroids-eczema/ and this link http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3216892/Eczema-sufferer-kept-applying-steroid-cream-hospitalised-suffering-horrific-reaction-overuse.html . I'm glad she wasn't as bad as this but she was in a lot of pain because of it.  I don't use this more then 3 days in a row anymore and I only use it when I ABSOLUTELY have to.  

It's also important to note here that when you do the wraps it intensifies whatever lotion or ointment you put on the skin so don't use a heavy steroid cream or ointment for this.  I wouldn't go above the Triamcinolone or else it will be too intense, especially on a child.  Cover the area with the ointment just like you did with the lotion.

It's also important to note here that when you do the wraps it intensifies whatever lotion or ointment you put on the skin so don't use a heavy steroid cream or ointment for this.  I wouldn't go above the Triamcinolone or else it will be too intense, especially on a child.  Cover the area with the ointment just like you did with the lotion.

Wrap it all back up.  Ointment, wet towels and then the saran wrap. 

Wrap it all back up.  Ointment, wet towels and then the saran wrap. 

Give it another 30 minutes. 

Give it another 30 minutes. 

This is what it looks like after the ointment.  I know it looks red and sore again but if you look closely the skin is much softer and the pain is pretty much gone for her.  Since the skin is soft it will allow the lotion to get into the skin and the skin will start to heal.  3 days of this should take most of it away, after the 3 days we will just do lotion wet wraps and skip the steroid ointment until it's gone.  

This is what it looks like after the ointment.  I know it looks red and sore again but if you look closely the skin is much softer and the pain is pretty much gone for her.  Since the skin is soft it will allow the lotion to get into the skin and the skin will start to heal.  3 days of this should take most of it away, after the 3 days we will just do lotion wet wraps and skip the steroid ointment until it's gone.  

This is the before again just so you can compare the before and after.  Good luck!!! I hope this helps. 

This is the before again just so you can compare the before and after.  Good luck!!! I hope this helps.