The necessity of protecting the face of babies suffering from infantile eczema, with its attendant distressing symptom of itching, frequently taxes the ingenuity of both nurses and doctors.
The following device was constructed by one of us (Mrs. Keith), and was found to be of definite value. As can be seen from the accompanying photographs, it consists of two pieces of cellophane, one piece 16 by 20 inches (40.64 by 50.80 cm.), which is fastened on the bed by adhesive strips, the other piece 14 (35.48 cm.) by 16 inches, (the size varies according to the size of the patient), with an area 3½ inches (9 cm.) in diameter cut from the center, with an opening extending from this circle to the edge of the cellophane. All of the edges are bound with adhesive plaster, ½ inch (1.27 cm.) wide, and the circle in the center is covered by overlapping