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.