Outpatient Home-based Wet Wrap Dressings with Topical Steroids with Children with Severe Recalcitrant Atopic Dermatitis: A Feasibility Pilot Study

Pediatr Dermatol. Jul-Aug 2015;32(4):e177-8. doi: 10.1111/pde.12602. Epub 2015 Apr 22.


Wet wrapping (WW) appears to be effective in severe atopic dermatitis (AD) in children resistant to topical treatment. Seventeen children were included and were directed to use WW every night (≥6 hr) until lesions disappeared, followed by maintenance treatment of two to three treatments per week. The mean Scoring Atopic Dermatitis (SCORAD) score at baseline was 48.9. After 1 month of treatment the mean SCORAD score was 18.9, and efficacy was maintained after 3 months of treatment. The majority of patients were satisfied (91.7%) with the WW treatment; 92% considered it to be much more effective than the previous treatments received. WW was easy to perform for 75% of patients, 83% of patients stated that it was better tolerated, and 17% considered it to be tolerated equally to dermatologic corticosteroids without WW. The home WW program was continued on a maintenance basis for 75% of patients. This open-label study showed that this program was a feasible and well-tolerated alternative for the treatment of severe, refractory AD in children and adolescents.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Ambulatory Care*
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Bandages*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / drug therapy*
  • Drug Administration Routes
  • Emollients / administration & dosage*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Fluticasone / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Pilot Projects
  • Water


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Emollients
  • Water
  • Fluticasone