Review: ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten Sleeves

The ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten Sleeves are a unique way of protecting little ones’ nails and fingers from damaging their own skin, hair and nails.  An alternative to traditional mittens, they are worn like a shawl over the child’s normal clothing.  The ends can flip open or closed.  When closed, the exterior of the mitten is silk.  When open, the exterior of the mitten is cotton.  The shawl part of the sleeve is a blend of organic bamboo viscose, organic cotton and lycra.  They are available for babies and children ranging from 3 months to 6 years old.

These sleeves are useful for babies and children who scratch themselves, especially those with eczema or atopic dermatitis, or other skin issues.  They are also useful for children who pull out hair or have a habit of nail biting.  The ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten Sleeves were designed by  eczema mom Andrea Thomas and it shows.

I really like these sleeves and here’s why:

– The external silk mittens are gentle on skin. I have yet to find baby and kid mittens that are made of silk.  The traditional mittens and flip sleeves attached to onesies are cotton.  Silk is much smoother and decreases the amount of damage rubbing can do to the skin.  Even rubbing with cotton can lead to thickening (what we call “lichenification” in dermatology) which can worsen the skin condition and itch.

– These sleeves stay on.  The mitten portion is attached to the shawl portion.  Babies and kids are really good at getting traditional mittens off.  These stay on.

– They are easy to flip open and closed.  This is important because you aren’t going to just flip them closed and leave your child that way all day.  There are often predictable times when your child will scratch skin, pull hair or bite nails — e.g. when she/he is tired or fussy, during diaper changes, at night when her/his inhibition is decreased, etc.  In anticipation of these times, you can close the mittens.  The rest of the time, you can keep the mittens open.  This may also decrease your anxiety over whether you child won’t have enough open mitten time to learn how to use her/his fingers and hands.

– They are easy to get on and off.  The shawl part is a mix of bamboo viscose, cotton and lycra.  It has just enough stretch so that you can put it on easily, but not so loose that your child can work her/his way out of it.

– They are relatively affordable.  There are so many products that target parents of eczema babies and kids.  Some of them are very costly.  These are relatively affordable and there are often deals through the ScratchMeNot website or The Eczema Company.

As a dermatologist and eczema mom myself, I give these ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten Sleeves 5 stars.

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The story of the ScratchMeNot. Interview with founder Andrea Thomas

Today, we have the opportunity to learn more about the story behind the ScratchMeNot products.  Founder Andrea Thomas shares her story dealing with her children’s eczema and how that inspired her to develop the ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten Sleeve.

Can you share your story as an eczema mom?

My story may sound familiar, yet it was very new to me at the time! I was a first time mom that wanted to know everything about everything about being a mom! I wanted to do everything right. Ha! When my daughter was born, something innate happened. I knew I’d do anything for her. When her eczema crept in overnight around age 2 months, I became her advocate. From doctors visits to research & intuition, I did everything I could to fight her eczema. In the meantime, my husband and I, dealt with this seemingly uncontrollable scratching that kept getting in the way of any progress we made. We couldn’t get a handle on it. I had never seen anyone scratch with such intensity, especially a baby.
 
How did you get started with ScratchMeNot?
During her extra scratching moments, that was all I could focus on. I couldn’t take time to research the way I wanted, doctors were leading me to steroids and I was VERY sleep deprived from co-sleeping day & night with a scratching baby. I knew I couldn’t continue at this rate, I needed to find a solution to bridge the gap. I designed the ScratchMeNot to do just that! They bridge the gap to stop scratching fingers from damaging delicate skin so parents can focus on stopping the skin from itching. I also knew I wanted my daughter to have plenty of hands free moments for her to interact with the world. All of these thoughts, plus dreaming of sleeping again, helped me create the first ScratchMeNot.
 
Tell us about your new product, the FlipMittenBody.
I’m so excited! Our Flip Mitten Sleeves are amazing on their own, as kids can wear them with just about anything. Yet, the Flip Mitten Body is an all-in-one scratching solution for babies, toddlers and older children that need extra protection. They’re also extra easy for caretakers to flip the mittens closed during scratching moments. Plus they go up to age 4T which is uncommon for onesies.
 
Have you connected with other eczema parents who have used your products?  Can you share some success stories they have relayed to you?
 
We have so much feedback from parents who have found success using ScratchMeNots for their little ones. You can read (and see) what parents think on our storyboard! I’m currently working with a family who’s children battle eczema daily. The youngest daughter has the most intense case of it. They were using socks, however their daughter rubbed & scratched through the socks causing some intense skin trauma. Sometimes, the socks would get stuck to her wounds. Today, ScratchMeNots are helping her so much, here’s a quote from her mom:
Her skin is at least 75% healed and we not used a single oral medication or prescription cream on her since we started using the ScratchMeNots. No one can believe the difference, and asks if we finally found a medication that works. Haha! I tell everyone about your company and show everyone her pretty sleeves and tell them we don’t use meds on her anymore. I’m so glad she is happy to wear them and doesn’t have to wear socks on her hands all the time anymore that would stick and hurt her. Plus, she could still scratch with those.”
Whenever I get feedback like this, it really inspires & propels me forward to help families in need of a scratching solution & hopefully provide them with information on how to start healing eczema from the inside out!