Review: AD RescueWear RescueSuit

The AD RescueWear RescueSuit is a body suit made of soft stretchy Tencel (R) that covers your baby or child neck down.  Conceived by eczema mom Beth Scott, it is designed as an aid for wet wrapping for eczema, and can also be used for dry wrapping.  It features fold over mitts to cover the hands when needed as well as fully enclosed feet.  The neck down full coverage is important in providing a protective layer from scratching.

The Tencel (R) fabric is excellent for gently hugging your child’s skin.  Traditionally, parents have used tight fitting cotton pajamas for wet wrapping.  However, I have yet to find cotton pajamas which are able to fit a child’s body as well as this RescueSuit.  Additionally, the wet cotton pajamas end up heavy, bulky and bunchy when used for wet wrapping.  This RescueSuit molds to the body so that the damp fabric is right next to the skin and really is superior for wet wrapping.  Another benefit I have found of the body molding RescueSuit is that bulky diapers do not rub against thighs as much — this sort of rubbing can incite eczema and itch.

This suit can also be used for dry wrapping and worn day to day.  It is an added protective layer to protect the skin from scratching and because of the body molding fit, can easily fit under outer garments.

The AD RescueWear RescueSuit is very helpful for those of you whose children benefit from wet wrapping.  Watch the YouTube demo on how to wet wrap with the RescueSuit.  You may have to practice a couple of times to become as adept at putting the suit on as the mom in the video.

The AD RescueWear RescueSuit retails at $105.  You may want to have a couple on hand as they are delicate and should be air dried flat, so that would cost a couple hundred dollars.  The suit costs significantly more than cotton pajamas, but at the same time, they are actually designed for wet and dry wrapping.  Check out the AD RescueWear website as well as The Eczema Company’s website to look for sales and promotions.

All in all, as a dermatologist and eczema mom, I found the AD RescueWear Rescue Suit to be a helpful item to have and would recommend it to other parents of children with eczema.

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Interview with AD RescueWear

AD RescueWear logoToday, we feature an interview with AD RescueWear, the company the produces Wrap-E-Soothe clothing and sleeves which make wet wrap or dry wrap therapy easier.

What was the motivation behind starting AD RescueWear?

Beth Scott, President of AD RescueWear, has a son with eczema. Beth’s son Harrison was diagnosed with full body eczema and a staph infection. She was told to wet wrap her son at home by her son’s allergist. At this time, the only option in the U.S. was a home-made wet wrap therapy system that included wet cotton pajamas, tube socks and duct tape. It was less than ideal! The wet cotton pajamas were baggy and rough and since they didn’t stay close to his skin, they were cold. She had to put wet tube socks over his hands to treat and prevent scratching which were also heavy and baggy. Her son kept removing the tube socks covering his hands, so her child’s physician recommended duct taping the wet socks on her child’s wet cotton pajamas. When she went in the crib the next morning, her son had blood all over his face from using the duct tape to scratch! At this point Beth decided there had to be a better way to wet wrap. When she couldn’t find specialty medical undergarments for wet and dry wrap therapy for treating eczema, she decided to invent and manufacture them herself to help her child and all the children suffering throughout the world. The Wrap-E-Soothe product line was designed for quick, effective treatment that is also comfortable and soothing for the child.

What was the inspiration behind each of the products?

Beth saw firsthand how effective wet wrap therapy was for stubborn eczema. It can be life changing for a family struggling with eczema. Eczema can be so miserable for the child and the parents. Studies report that when a child has eczema it can affect the entire family. These studies report eczema can cause poor family relations, poor work performance in parents from sleep deprivation and affect children’s performance in school including learning disabilities in children from drowsiness and itching. Eczema can also negatively influence social relationships as eczema can be unsightly and others may think it’s contagious causing the child to feel excluded and isolated. The inspiration behind the Wrap-E-Soothe products are the suffering children. Wet wrap therapy through the Wrap-E-Soothe products give parents a tool to successfully manage their child’s eczema.

Beth spent two years searching for the right fabric and when she discovered all of the great attributes of Tencel® she knew it was the perfect fabric for wet wrap therapy. It is one of the softest fabrics in the world and stays soft even when wet. There is a small amount of spandex added (6%) for stretch, so the garments are easy to put on and stay close to the skin for effective treatment unlike cotton that gets baggy, loose and uncomfortable when wet. The fabric is eco-friendly and has a wicking effect that not only cools the itch during treatment but greatly inhibits the growth of bacteria on the fabric. The anti-itch properties of the Tencel® fabric is what helps calm the itch during treatment allowing the whole family to get some sleep while the wet wrap therapy treatment heals the skin barrier. AD RescueWear is very proud to offer the Wrap-E-Soothe product line that is not only quick and easy for the parents yet comfortable and soothing for the child. We are the only company worldwide to offer these features.

Did you work in collaboration with your child’s health care professional?

Beth did consult her child’s physician, Mark Ebadi, MD with Colorado Allergy and Asthma Centers and he introduced her to Mark Boguniewicz, MD, Professor, Division of Pediatric Allergy-Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, National Jewish Health and University of Colorado School of Medicine who she was also able to consult about the Wrap-E-Soothe product line.

How did you see your child change after using the Wrap-E-Soothe products?

Beth saw a huge difference after just one night using the Wrap-E-Soothe products and it was much easier and comfortable to manage her son’s eczema. He used to scratch all night at the back of his knees and she would wet a wash cloth and hold it on his eczema. This was tiring. Her son has eczema on his calves and behind the knees so when she sees the eczema start to flare, she uses the Wrap-E-Soothe pants or sleeves under his regular pj’s and this clears the eczema and allows him to sleep through the night.

Can you share some stories from other parents with eczema children?

We receive phone calls and e-mails from parents all over the world that say our products have been life changing for their families. Below are a few favorites.

“Thank you all for helping make my little 2 year old’s life that much more comfortable. Through the use of your suit and her doctor’s treatment, she is a happier and healthier little person. Thank you!” Thomas

“Dear AD RescueWear, Just wanted to say a very big THANK YOU for creating a product that works! My 4 year old has eczema on her legs, knees and all over her feet for the last 2 years. As a mother it’s heartbreaking to watch her tear herself apart with the constant scratching. I don’t remember the last time she (or I for that matter) had a full nights sleep until we tried your pants and wet dressing! Amazing! So thank you from us all. I will be highly recommending you to anyone who’s child suffers from eczema!” Vanessa

“Our son has extreme eczema and is considered in the 2% of the worst eczema that Doernbecher Children’s Hospital has ever seen. Their answer to solve it was to use steroid cream. The only catch was using the steroid cream lowers his immune system and he becomes sick very often. It was like putting a band aid on it and not getting to the root cause. It was also like trading one problem for another. Now our son not only feels better he looks better also. It has been a blessing that we came across your product. We can’t start to tell you how much your product has helped our youngest son. So in leaving, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” Aaron and Danielle

Have you found health care professionals to be knowledgeable about products for kids with eczema?

We have found that once the health care professional sees how wet wrap therapy can manage eczema through our products they start recommending it for their patients.

What is the most helpful advice you have been told regarding eczema?

Correct daily skin maintenance and learning the eczema triggers will help control and manage eczema. Eczema triggers can be irritants such as laundry detergent and soaps and also allergens such as pets, pollen and dust mites. Or it can be a food such as dairy and gluten. If you can find out what the triggers are you can remove them from your child’s environment and minimize symptoms. Correct daily cleansing of the skin to wash away any allergens is very helpful. Daily skin maintenance and using “The Soak and Seal” process before wet and dry wrap therapy can manage eczema and allow the skin to heal. We recommend using Vaniply after soaking in the tub. It is a wonderful skin protectant and seals in the moisture from soaking in the tub. We recommend people visit the National Eczema Association for products given their Seal of Acceptance at www.NationalEczema.org. We also developed this great graphic to easily explain the wet wrap therapy process for parents. Please see below.

ADRescueWear Wet Wrapping Cartoon