Q. Do you know about the “wet pajama” treatment for childhood eczema? Wet a pair of cotton pajamas and wring them out. Put them on the child, then layer a pair of dry fleece pajamas over the top. Leave both pairs of pajamas on overnight.
The child’s body heat creates a layer of high humidity that hydrates the skin. As a physician, I treat older patients, but this approach cleared our son’s severe eczema in three days.

A. Thanks for sharing this unusual treatment. We did discover some caveats. The pajamas must be well wrung out and not too wet. Some people put moisturizer on before slipping on the pajamas. Make sure the youngster does not have an infection and don’t allow him or her to get chilled. We’ll be interested in learning how well this approach works for others.

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  1. ISG
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    I have essentially done this overnight for the terrible eczema on my hands. I put on lots of Vanicream (the only lotion my skin can tolerate), cotton gloves and then over the cotton gloves I wear disposable vinyl gloves. My hands are sweaty (and hence basically wet all night) but much improved by morning from the humidity. I go through all the eczema stages of itchiness, blisters, and then cracking only to repeat them all winter long. This treatment has really helped immensely.

  2. G.S.
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    Are you training the patient to be a SEAL team member? This is precisely the training they go through to make them as uncomfortable as possible in their training. Why not a wet suit? This wet pajamas is the most miserable torture. There is no way to not chill unless all the skin is blanketed and even then the balance of wet/dry/heat/cooling will more often than not cause perspiration from the head which makes things more miserable. Further, the wet pajamas fold on themselves and make pressure points on the skin that over time make problems of themselves.
    At least a wet suit eliminates most of this difficulty. In addition, once removed from the clingy mess, the evaporation on the surface of the skin causes more cooling. If the skin is dried by a towel the eczema is made worse, and if dried by warm air, the skin is dried further making the problem worse. Forget this treatment. It’s more like a dunking stool than a treatment for eczema.

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