Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Saren | 2010/01/27


What should I do?

Hi Dr

My daughter is 2 years 7months old, when she was 4 months old she had a severe case of eczema, we took her to Westville hospital who has a specialist there to treat this kind of cases, there the doctor ordered for her to be mummified where creams &  ointments were applied and her entire body was bandaged. I am on Discovery Key Plan and Discovery did not feel that Eczema is severe enough for the patient to be hospitalized, despite the doctor motivating this case, anyway the nurse performed the process of applying the ointments and covering her body with the bandages. We were called back after two days for the bandages to be removed, but the next morning we noticed that the bandaged was tied so tightly on my daughters leg that it had cut her so badly there was like a 20cm round and 2cm deep cut going through the right thigh. When we took her to have the bandages removed the Doctor treating her said it was an unfortunate case and had she been in hospital the nurses would have monitored the tightness of the bandages. As my child is getting older this mark is increasing and the visability is very prominent, basically my child is scarred for life through the negligence of a nurse I need to know what can we do about this.

Expert's Reply



This is a most unfortunate case and the first time that I have come across any problems caused by the wet wrapping technique uses for treating severe eczema.Ordinary bandages are not used for this treatment, but special tubular bandages should be used instead. You may be entitled to compensation for your child's scarring. Write to: The Health Professions Council Of SA, PO Box 205, Pretoria,0001 and set out you complaint as clearly as possible.

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