Hi! I’m Kim, creator of Bath Wraps for Eczema and a mom of two young boys, both with eczema. My older also has a severe peanut allergy—likely the cause of his eczema, but my younger has eczema and no (known) food or environmental allergies.
Like all parents dealing with the struggles of being a first-time parent and having a child with an itchy and uncomfortable skin condition, I struggled. I tried everything the doctor recommended, and then everything the allergist recommended, and then everything I found on the Internet– all with varying results.
How I used wet wrapping my own way
It was the allergist that first suggested long soaks followed by wet wrapping, a variation of the soak and seal method. I found that long baths were helpful but I didn’t have the time or energy to commit to a 15-20 minute, full-body soak for each kid, followed by the hassle of applying wet wraps. Not to mention, the idea of getting the bathwater high enough to be helpful, was anxiety-inducing.
The only solution I could think of was to place a wet washcloth on every eczema patch and bath in a few inches of water. This created its own set of issues when my squirmy, strong-willed child had other ideas.
I thought there must be a product out there that can help do this. There wasn’t!
That’s when Bath Wraps was born.
A mom’s wet wrapping solution was born
I used my background in product design and my sewing skills (thank you Nana!) to make something that my son could wear in the tub to keep his skin wet during the whole soak.
I began with the hunt for the perfect fabric and after a testing every fabric I could find; I selected a 100% organic cotton, French terry cloth.
Terry cloth has the ideal fabric structure for absorbing water and the garment design keeps those wet fibers close to the skin. It fits like a swim shirt but the Velcro down the back makes it much easier to get on and off. I put the seams on the outside to avoid irritation and then added colorful stitching for a little fun. The decision to use organic fabric does raise the price of the garment but the benefits are numerous and include: doesn’t use pesticides that can be harmful to the wildlife, lower environmental impact, more durable and absorbent, and–most importantly–less likely to cause a skin reaction.
After I started using Bath Wraps for Eczema on my son, I noticed a difference within a few uses. I brought my idea to my son’s allergist who encouraged me to put the product on Etsy. Although his endorsement boosted my confidence in the product, it still took me another year to finally get it listed. Having a second baby really limits
After a few months on Etsy, with limited success, I took the leap and purchased my own domain and set about designing a website–while caring for my two young sons.
Have you ever tried to learn a new skill with two little humans screaming gibberish
into your ear? It’s not easy!
I spent naptime, bedtime, and any time the TV captured their attention to work on this brand and I am so proud of the results. You see, this whole process has been a labor of love and comes from a feeling that every eczema parent has felt… desperation. I was desperate to help my child and it led me here, hopefully, to help you too.