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How to Prevent Scratching When Itchy Skin Is Relentless In Babies & Children

If you have an itchy baby or an itchy toddler, I don’t need to tell you how impossible of a task it seems to be able to prevent them from scratching their skin. Our innocent little ones turn into these Houdinis that can wiggle and squirm in just the right unbelievable way to reach that pesky itchy spot. And they are relentless in scratching their itchy skin. They will scratch until it hurts and it bleeds because that is the only way they know to make the itching stop. Not only does this intense scratching cause bleeding, but it makes the eczema worse, more inflamed, and many times can create an infection. Obviously, that’s the last thing we want. So, in addition to eczema treatments for babies, just how can you prevent your itchy little one from scratching their itchy skin? Here are a few things you can try:

ScratchMeNot

This company was the first step in our journey to healing my son’s eczema. They make a few different options depending on the type of scratch protection you need, but all are equally wonderful because they are made by a fellow eczema mom who “gets it” because she’s been in our shoes. All their clothing items feature flip mitten sleeves. Simply fold the mittens closed to expose a gentle silk exterior mitten to protect your child from scratching. And when the itch subsides, fold the mittens open for play time.

ScratchMeNots are also excellent for preventing thumb-sucking, habitual scratching and scratching due to chickenpox, poison ivy, post surgery stitches and more.

If you have an itchy baby or itchy toddler, I would strongly recommend the orginal ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten Sleeeves.

The organic cotton/bamboo/lycra blend means the sleeves won’t stretch out over time – making it nearly impossible for babies, toddlers or bigger kids to wiggle out of them. Available in sizes up to 6 years.

Scratch mittens for itchy toddlers.

ScratchMeNot created a Cotton Flip Mitten Sleeve with the extra sensitive little one in mind. If you’re looking for a 100% organic cotton sleeve, but still with soft, silk mittens, then this one is for you. Available in sizes up to 6 years.

ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten Sleeve Cotton Baby Eczema Mittens

GoumiKids

This company makes 100% cotton stay-put mittens and hats in adorable coordinating fabrics.

GoumiMitts infant eczema mittens feature A Velcro-closure makes these scratch mittens very difficult for babies to remove. A great option for babies weighing 15-22 lbs.

Goumimitts Infant Eczema MittensGoumiHats are super soft cotton hats that are very form-fitting and feature long ties to ensure they stay in place to protect an itchy scalp from scratching little fingers or rubbing. These hats are amazing for treating scalp eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and dandruff. They make a great natural cradle cap treatment. Technically they are ideal for babies weighing 15-22 lbs, but the material is stretchy and I’ve heard of some petite-sized adults wearing them.

goumihat scalp eczema in babies

Bamboo Bubby

This company was founded by an eczema mom and features products made from sustainable bamboo.

Their Toddler Sleep Sack with Sleeves are the perfect night-time solution for eczema. The Bamboo Bubby Sleep Sack wraps your itchy toddler or baby in cooling bamboo for nighttime comfort without overheating. They feature fold over mittens to prevent scratching. One size fits infants up to 3 years of age.

Bamboo Bubby Toddler sleep sack with sleeves

Bamboo Gloves

These cooling, wicking eczema gloves for kids are made by the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association. They offer a tailored fit and won’t slip off or wear out like basic white cotton gloves do. Great for wet wrapping, preventing contact dermatitis, or preventing scratching during the day or night. Available in sizes up to 10 years.

Bamboo Eczema Gloves for kids

Please keep in mind…..

While scratch mittens and protective clothing is great for preventing your children from further damaging their skin, it’s important to look at why their skin may be itchy in the first place. What’s causing their skin to itch? Yes, they likely have eczema or another form of dermatitis, but why? Could they be eating something that may be irritating their skin? It would be helpful to consider an elimination diet then. Could they have leaky gut? If you’re looking to help heal your child’s eczema from within, then I’d recommend reading the Eczema Cure by Holistic Squid’s Emily Bartlett, an acupuncturist with a focus on holistic pediatric, fertility and pregnancy treatments. The book has some great ideas for things to try and features a few easy recipes to promote skin health. It’s definitely worth a read.

Do you have an effective way to prevent your baby or toddler from scratching? What are your favorite remedies for eczema?

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  1. Amanda #

    Do you have any tips on where to buy winter gloves & bedding for children with eczema? Also searching for 100% cotton socks! Any tips would be wonderful!! Thanks!

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    November 18, 2015
    • Hi Amanda – What specifically are you looking for in winter gloves and bedding? Any specific benefits? Fabrics to avoid? This help me to point you in the right direction. Thanks.

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      November 30, 2015
  2. This is really a interesting blog. This is just because I was looking for some skin care treatment and I found that your suggestions are really appreciable.

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    April 6, 2015
  3. My Leila’s itch is back! Been gone for years and now puberty is rearing an ugly head?!? We’re using Emily’s cream and then Aveeno baby has a nice thick cream that works good. Is it common for puberty to bring eczema back?

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    March 31, 2015
    • Hi Caroline – I’m so sorry to hear this! Yes, sure, hormones can trigger eczema and many other conditions as well. It’s possible that the hormones have made such a change in her body that she’s now sensitive to other allergens that could be triggering this as well – environmental, foods, etc. Hope you guys can figure it out!

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      April 8, 2015
  4. DrB #

    When there is an acute flare-up of atopic eczema, combining appropriate creams with this form of mechanical protection may be a great idea, but once eczema goes beyond the acute phase, and scratching becomes a problem in itself, unfortunately clothing can become as much a tool to rub with, rather than a solution to the problem. Scratching becomes habitual much more often than is realised. Then behaviour modification, with habit reversal training, is required – together with the correct use of recommended creams.
    Healing can then swiftly follow, and what is worn is no longer an issue!

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    March 24, 2015

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