Beth Scott, Founder of AD RescueWear, Talks Child Eczema and Why AD RescueWear Was Born.
Why I Started AD RescueWear
Eczema with a Young Child
So many of the customers we talk to sound just like I did when my son Harrison was diagnosed with eczema at age 4 months. They are desperate to help their baby or child with eczema to stop itching. Eczema is maddening - why can't it just go away! Just like I was, they aren't getting any sleep or taking photos of their cute baby because of the red eczema rash covering their face, hands and feet.
I have such empathy for these parents because I have lived with eczema too. Before Harrison was born, I had minimal knowledge of eczema. My older son had some rough patches and we fixed it immediately with some Vanicream - end of story. But my second son Harrison was different. Almost overnight he developed this crazy rash. I picked him up for a feeding one night and his head was sticky. I turned on the light and to my horror his head and arms were covered with blood! What was happening?
Failed Treatments – The Eczema Rash Gets Worse
I took him to our pediatrician the next day and he prescribed an antifungal. It didn't work. I took him to a dermatologist who gave us an over the counter steroid. That didn't work. We couldn't stop the scratching and Harrison and I were both losing it. It got so bad his face constantly had scratches and was red and bleeding. I put socks on his hands to prevent him from scratching but somehow he managed to get them off. And then his body became covered in a bumpy red rash. As nothing else was working I decided to take him to an allergist friend of mine. Dr. Ebadi diagnosed him with a full body staph infection caused by...you guessed it - Eczema!
Eczema – Wet Wrap Therapy The Old Fashioned Way - Amazing Relief but Crazy Process
Dr. Ebadi immediately drew a sketch of what Harrison's skin barrier looked like under a microscope. Tiny cracks in the skin caused by a filagrin deficiency would need to be repaired then healed. We were then instructed by his nurse on the process of wet wrap therapy for eczema - the necessary treatment to stop the madness.
I had to soak Harrison in a lukewarm tub then after toweling off, put on a prescription steroid cream and an eczema ointment then dress him in damp pajamas with wet tube socks over his hands and arms. Lastly, I was told to put dry pajamas and socks over the wet garments.
This cumbersome procedure was complicated by needing to make sure that the pajamas did not have color/dyes as I wasn't sure how he would react to wet fabric dye. I found an organic cotton pj that had minimal color. Then I searched my husband's drawers for suitable tube socks...none were found so he would be making a trip the store after work.
Once we had the supplies, I did my best at this make shift wet wrap treatment with my three-year-old son assisting. Harrison screamed and wriggled and the cotton pjs were baggy and ill fitting. I felt sad. He started ripping off the socks from his hands. I called our doctor who said some people duct tape the socks to the pj's. I felt sadder. But that night he slept and the next morning his skin was so much better! Wet wrap therapy is an amazing treatment for eczema but the process needed to be simplified.
What Was the Alternative? There Had to Be a Better Way to Treat Baby Eczema
I called my doctor again – did they have special suits made for this wet wrap treatment? Did they have something with hand covers to eliminate the socks? What about flat seams so the seams don't scratch the child? Did they have anything without dyes and in a natural soft fabric that's more lightweight and form fitting?
Dr. Ebadi was unaware of wet wrap garments. I searched during the day while Harrison slept and I couldn't find exactly what I needed. So I decided to invent it myself. That was four years ago. Since then, we have developed the Wrap-E-Soothe suit, Wrap-E-Soothe tops and bottoms and Wrap-E-Soothe sleeves. We were thrilled to find TENCEL® fabric for our garments. TENCEL® is more absorbent that cotton, smoother than silk and cooler than linen. It also greatly inhibits the growth of bacteria, is naturally itch suppressing and is eco-friendly and absent of any dyes. These products have helped thousands of parents and eczema kids just like my family – desperate to successfully treat their baby, toddler or child's miserable eczema.
Please feel free to e-mail or contact me at AD RescueWear (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any feedback on our eczema clothing, eczema wraps and wet wrap therapy garments or your eczema stories. Know that you are not alone in the fight to help children beat stubborn eczema. For more information on wet and dry wrap therapy clothes for eczema and other products for treating eczema visit www.adrescuewear.com.