Wet Wraps at Home
1. The wet wraps are done to decrease the inflammation in the skin, hydrate the skin, and
provide a cooling effect to the skin as well as to prevent scratching.
2. First, hydrate the skin by soaking in warm (not hot) water for 5-10 minutes at the most.
3. After the bath, pat off excess water from the skin and apply the prescribed medicine to the
damp skin. This should be done within 2-5 minutes after soaking.
4. Immediately after the medicine is applied to the skin, put on the moistened, 100% cotton,
tightly fitted, long underwear suit. The long underwear should be immersed in warm water,
wrung out, and put in drier for a few minutes so that it is damp but not dripping wet. It is
important that this layer hold the moisture for 2-6 hours. If it begins to dry out, wet it again
5. Next, apply a dry, 100% cotton sweat suit over the moistened layer. This layer is to prevent
the wet layer from drying out and your child getting cold.
6. If hands or feet are involved, wet, white, cotton socks may be used for the feet and wet
Dermpak® gauze gloves may be used for the hands. You may buy the gloves at a drugstore.
7. You may become chilled while wearing the wet wraps so use extra blankets for warmth.
UW Dermatology Department
1 S. Park St 7th Floor
Madison, WI 53715
Clinic: 608 287-2450
American Family Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Dermatology Specialty Clinic
1675 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53792
Clinic: 608 263-6420
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