It is awful to watch your child scratching away at their beautiful bodies 24/7. My son suffered from severe total body eczema (now he just has eczema on his legs and face) and was nearly hospitalized multiple times.
Your heart breaks as their skin is overtaken by a crusty, weeping rash – head to toe, not even the wee pinky fingers spared.
Eczema is known as the “itch that rashes” because it is the result of an internal reaction to a trigger (food/environment) that manifests on the skin.
I can’t even stand the itch of a mozzie bite, let alone can imagine what my son put up with all day every day on his body. I used to put those footed baby pants over his arms like a cropped jacket to stop him from ripping his skin open with his hands – however the fabric was a little harsh on his open, exposed skin.
When you are an eczema Mum, being the scratch police becomes your full time job. Tummy time becomes scratch time, car rides become rip open the skin on your face time, playgroup is cut short because your baby is using the carpet to scratch his legs on…
Washing blood out of the baby clothes you lovingly chose for your precious baby is not out of the ordinary.
Our 4mo baby ended up sleeping in the family bed so that I could hold down his limbs while he screamed as he woke up itching every 45 minutes. We had to do wet wraps to help sooth his limbs, getting up at 2am to change them so that he might actually sleep for 2-3hrs in one go.
I was also studying at the time and bloody exhausted.
Naturally, you start looking for a cure or anything to help your baby break the scratch cycle.
The cure? We have personally used a combination of focusing on gut health with the help of a good naturopath with steroids when we have really needed them to combat the eczema and it’s working well, two steps forward and one step back.
Breaking the itch cycle? I kept seeing these Sratch Me Not gloves around online, followed their Facebook page and asked in the eczema support groups I’m in if they were any good. The website has rave reviews to the effect of, “my baby slept through the night from wearing these” along side amazing before and after pictures of babies who have healed with credit to the gloves and bodysuits.
A lady in the eczema support group backed this up, saying that her 8mo slept through the night after wearing these.
It all sounds too good to be true! Here is the honest truth about what we have experienced since wearing these:
Initially, I wanted the bamboo bag sleep sack and the gloves as I put so much hope into this product but the problem was I’d quit my job to take care of my allergy/eczema baby so money was unexpectedly very tight!! We started off with just one set of gloves. They are a good design, made from bamboo and silk. The silk flip mittens go over the hands so that they glide over the skin instead of rub on it. The hands can be let out for eating and what we now call “hands time”.
Our child has slept much better in the gloves however, at 14months, he still hasn’t slept through the night.. it is lovely that he gets a better quality, longer sleep now. We have never put him down without the gloves, ever.
I love the peace of mind to know that he can’t scratch. When he turned 1 he started running into corners of the house to hide and scratch. Since buying these gloves our days of washing blood off his skin and clothes have long gone.
We have one pair that is the ‘bath pair’. The bath pair are the most worn, old looking ones and they’ve saved bath time from being a struggle. He can now play with his “terr-tull” (turtle) and other toys like a regular kid.
He wears them most of the day. If he is really distracted, like when we’re out, he doesn’t need them so much however I always keep one set in my handbag.
We have bought 4 more pairs of the gloves as we use them all in rotation however if your baby is teething – forget about the silk hands lasting through a new tooth!! They’re the first thing he chews on until they’re ripped apart and left looking tattered and worn. At $30pp NZD a set, I hate buying new ones all the time as it has become just another expense.
This is why I am reluctant to purchase the more expensive stuff from Scratch Me Not – what if it’s not made to last?? $100NZD for one bedtime outfit seems insane but if I was desperate I’d buy one pair.
Here is a link to the website for purchase in NZ. I would recommend them, we don’t spend a day without wearing them, but I’m on the lookout for other products which my teething toodler wont chew through!
Next up to try: bam and boo. They look cool and have reasonable prices. I’m placing an order there today!