Gather everything together before starting the process of wet wrapping so the process is as smooth as possible.
Here's what you'll need:
• A warm (not hot) bath, run and ready to go
• A mild, unperfumed, emollient bath oil such as Balmonds Bath & Body Oil
• A very soft, clean towel to dry skin after bathing
• An extra clean dry towel to sit your child on during wrapping: ointment can be messy!
• Kitchen roll to wipe your emollient-covered hands
• Emollient ointment (such as Skin Salvation) - enough to cover all areas affected
• A bowl or sink of warm water to soak wet layer in - or you can use the bath water
• The first, wet layer, which can be any of the following options:
• The top, dry layer, which can be any of the following options:
• Spray bottle of warm water to re-dampen the bottom layer if it dries out overnight.
• Distraction techniques!
Skin Salvation is an ideal ointment to use under wet wraps. It protects, moisturises and nourishes and is free from common irritants - and most importantly, is designed so it doesn’t sting sore skin when applied!
See our step-by-step guide to wet wrapping here.
In this series of articles about wet wrapping, we’re focusing on using wet wraps with emollient creams, not with topical steroids. Always consult with a doctor or nurse if you’re using steroid creams as their potency may be increased when used under wet wraps and could damage the skin.
If you require medical advice we recommend you always contact your healthcare professional.
If you or someone you are caring for seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call for emergency services straight away. For general medical advice, please contact your healthcare professional, this article does not contain or replace medical advice.
Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.