Friday Feature – Co-Sleeping Q&A with Dr. B

Q&A with Dr Christopher Bridgett

MarcieMom (@MarcieMom) met Dr Christopher Bridgett (@ckbridgett) through Twitter – and learnt that he had a special interest of using behavioural interventions to help people with atopic eczema. DrB trained in medicine at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, then as a psychiatrist in Oxford. He now works in private practice in London. He has co-authored several publications on The Combined Approach, that proposes using habit reversal to stop habitual scratching in atopic eczema. To find out more about behavioural dermatology, click http://www.atopicskindisease.com/articles/PeterNoren to read DrB’s interview with Peter Norén MD, the Swedish dermatologist who created The Combined Approach.

Marcie Mom: Good morning Dr B; today’s question is one related to attachment parenting. There’s much discussion about co-sleeping, some of the pros and cons in this post. Do you think co-sleeping is positive emotionally for the baby? Is it positive for the parent? I’ve read that co-sleeping reduces scratching by eczema child as they feel more comforted, is it true?

Dr B: Yes, co-sleeping is being promoted isn’t it? I am cautious about it: remember, for those with atopic eczema one of the hazards of the bed-room can be the house dust mite. They feed on discarded skin cells, and their droppings are everywhere, and especially in bedding.

Picture of dust mite, contributed by Dr. B

It is easier to keep a cot clean & relatively free from the house dust mite – with special bedding, and use of a urine-proof under-sheet – it is difficult achieving the same with a big bed shared with Mum and Dad! DrB

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