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.