So, you have tried every cream and steroid and cleanser on the shelf. What is next? Sometimes, an infection may exist which requires antibiotics and a visit to us. However, there are 2 more trials of therapy that help some children: bleach baths and/or wet wraps.
Yuck, was my first response. The theory is that the bleach will decrease the bacteria on the skin which may be aggravating the eczema. The recipe is ¼ cup bleach to ¼ tub of water or ½ cup bleach to ½ tub of water. Try it and you will find that it smells like a pool. If your child is the kid whose eczema improves during the summer, then bleach baths twice weekly may help.
Wet wraps consist of soaking and sealing the skin in the following way:
- Bathe and pat dry (just a little)
- Seal the skin with a heavy layer of lotion or cream such as Eucerin or Aquaphor
- Dress in damp pajamas; prefer cotton
- Top with a dry robe or layer of clothing and leave on until dry; 2 hours if able. During this last phase, you may put your child to bed or allow to watch a movie.
You can read more about eczema from fellow mom of an eczema sufferer: http://itchylittleworld.com/