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 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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