About 10 percent of children, mostly babies and toddlers, suffer from eczema. And many parents are looking for ways to avoid the harsh creams and topical steroids that are often used to treat the itchy rashes caused by the condition. One promising option is the use of wet wrap therapy. In a new study from the National Jewish Health hospital in Denver, children treated with this method reported an average 70 percent reduction of symptoms like itching.
Wet wraps work by sealing in the moisture after your child takes a bath. To try it: Apply an ointment to your child’s skin while it’s still damp, then immediately cover the affected skin with a layer of damp bandages. Then cover those with dry cloths (cut-off tube socks work well for arms and legs) and clothing. After two hours, remove the wet wraps. For more detailed information and a how-to demonstration, please watch to video below.