How to use wet wraps
Wet wraps can be used when your child is having an eczema flare-up (ie. it is itchy, dry and red.)
Your child may only need arms and legs done or may require entire body wraps. As the face cannot be covered, we recommend applying cool compress to the face.
We recommend Tubifast, as it is lightweight cotton and easy to use. It can be reused; you just have machine wash the Tubifast between uses in a laundry bag.
Wet wraps are best tolerated at night. Bathe your child, pat their skin dry, apply corticosteroids to red areas on face and body, cover entire body with moisturiser (no double dipping), then apply wet wraps.
What you need
- Different sized Tubifast garments or Tubifast tubular bandages; usually green for arms and legs and yellow for trunk, blue for head (depending on the size of your child).
- For each limb or trunk you will need two lengths one dry, one wet.
- Lukewarm bowl of water with bath oil added (milky look).
What you do
- Put one length of Tubifast for each limb/trunk in bowl of water with bath oil. Wet thoroughly.
- Squeeze gently; the Tubifast should still be wet.
- Apply one wet layer of Tubifast to each limb/trunk.
- Apply on dry layer of Tubifast to each limb/trunk.
Your child can wear short-sleeve cotton T-shirt and shorts over top if desired.
Remove dressings in the morning and apply cortisone to red areas (if needed/directed) and moisturise head-to-toe. Use a spatula rather than fingers to scoop cream out of jar, to prevent bacterial contamination of the cream.
If your child wakes overnight and the dressings are dry, remove them and apply moisturiser.
Your child’s eczema should be greatly improved in three to five days if the above directions are followed.
Cool compress: Soak low lint cloth i.e. “Chux” in lukewarm bowl of water with bath oil added. Hold cloth to affected areas. Rinse cloth in water and oil and repeat.
Queensland Children’s Hospital
501 Stanley Street, South Brisbane
t: 07 3068 1400
t: 07 3068 1111 (general enquiries)
e: DermatologyCN_LCCH@health.qld.gov.au (for non-urgent enquiries)
In an emergency, always call 000.
If it’s not an emergency but you have any concerns, contact 13 Health (13 43 2584). Qualified staff will give you advice on who to talk to and how quickly you should do it. You can phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.