Recommendations for Daily Living

debra of America has compiled a list of options that may be useful for various activities of daily living. The following collection has been compiled from several sources and addresses all forms of EB. Because suggestion may not pertain to every individual with EB, discretion and experimentation will guide you and your physician in choosing the methods and products that best apply.

Select a topic from the list for recommendations that may increase comfort and independence:

Adaptive Equipment

Heelbows - These are thick polyurethane pad helps protect elbow or heel. Plush terry loop material is soft on the skin.

Homecraft Long-Handled Combs and Brush - Ideal for shoulder weakness or limited range of motion. Fold for compact storage.

Lock Laces - Lock Laces allow the user to simply slip shoes on and off.

Door Knob Extender - Extension handle converts a doorknob into a door lever providing extra leverage for people with limited hand function.

Multi-Purpose Power Grip - Designed for individuals with limited hand or finger strength, this lightweight, handy helper concentrates the power of the entire hand onto its slip-resistant jaws. Opens bottles, jars, doors, childproof medicine bottles; pulls up socks; lifts pans; holds nails; pulls plugs out of electrical sockets, etc.

Nosey cups - Cup is notched to allow room for the nose and eyeglasses when cup is tipped.

Clip-On Food Guard – prevents food from spilling over the edge of the plate. 

U-Bend It Utensils - Designed with a twist in the shaft that allows utensil to be easily hand bent to either side at any angle. For people with upper extremity weakness or reduced range of motion.

Foam tubing - Use to build up tool and utensil handles.

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Bathing Options

Rifton Blue Wave - Bath and Shower Chairs that are portable, height-adjustable bathing systems for people with special needs

Lining Options:

Antibacterial Microfiber Enviro Cleaning Cloths - Contains EPA Registered Killing Power SilverClear(™) Treatment eCloth

The Shammy

Yoga Mats

Learn more about bathing with EB

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Kickee Pants – EB-friendly clothing line for infants and children

Skinnies – soft, seamless clothing for children and adults. Skinnies WEB was designed specifically with EB and wound care in mind. >> Email woundcare [at] debra [dot] org to receive a 30% discount coupon code for Skinnies US.

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Cloth and disposable diapers have both been used by parents with EB babies. When using cloth diapers, consider investing in wicking diapers, as opposed to traditional cotton diapers that stay wet against the newborn’s skin. Options include:

Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap - Size 1: 6-18lbs; size 2: 18-40lbs. They have an outlet that sells slightly imperfect products at reduced cost.

Happy Heiny's One Size Cloth Diapers - Comes with a newborn and medium/large insert (Helpful hint from the manufacturer: Should the fleece roll out? Yes, it should roll out. Do not try to roll the fleece in.)

FuzziBunz One Size Cloth Diaper - 7-30lbs from Nurtured Families, this diaper is a quick dry fleece. Baby feels dryer faster and fleece stays nicer longer.

Sugar Peas diapers - Size 1: 6-20lbs; Size 2: 18-38lbs. Made entirely of organic hemp fleece.

Using disposables is sometimes possible, either on their own or inside a microfiber diaper cover if the diaper insert cannot absorb enough. Options include: Pampers Swaddlers, Huggies Supremes, Huggies Ultratrims & Walmart White Cloud.

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Driving Options

Padded Steering Wheel Covers – Examples include Zento Deals soft stretchable sheepskin steering wheel cover, and Auto Drive Neoprene Steering wheel cover.

Seatbelt Covers – Examples include Zento Deals soft faux sheepskin seat belt black shoulder pads, and Bell Automotive Black Memory Foam Seat Belt Pad.

Key Turner

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Shoe Suggestions

Adults & Kids

Adidas Climacool - Athletic shoes with ventilation.

Billy Footwear - Zipper shoes with easy FlipTop closure.


LL Bean - Berber Fleece Slippers, Fleece Slippers with Drawcord, and Fleece Slippers with Ankle Cuff are all good options.

Minnetonka Moccasins

Nike Flyease - Sneakers that zip open around the back and close with Velcro (but looks like a lace-up shoe).

Overland - Sheepskin slippers and shoes.

Pedors - Specializes in orthopedic footwear that stretches to accommodate many types of forefoot problems as well as other issues related to the health of the foot.


Kids Only

PediPed – Shoes with soft rubber sole, rounded edges that mimic the shape of a child’s foot, heel stability, and a soft toe box to allow toes to grip the floor.

PLAE - Shoes that follow the natural contour of a child's foot and has interchangeable tabs that adjust.

Robeez - Promotes natural foot function with a soft sole design built to flex and bend.

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Sock Suggestions

EZSOX – Seamless socks that have loops to increase independence with dressing.

Smartknitkids – Seamless and moisture wicking socks; also make socks to wear with AFO's.

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Travelscoot – The lightest and most compact electric mobility scooter.

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Splinting/Positioning Options

Comfyprene® Elbow Orthosis - Easily adjustable for optimal fit. Simply bend the orthosis and cuffs into the desired position.

Comfyprene® Knee Orthosis - This slim line knee splint is simple and easy to use. Simply “bend-to-fit”. Cuffs are also adjustable for optimal fit. Splint can be adjusted and readjusted as needed.

Conforming Comfort™ Thigh/Knee/Ankle Separator - Specially designed to provide abduction for the thigh, knee and ankles while sitting. Also protects the bony prominences from the knees to the ankle, helping to reduce the risk of skin breakdown. Fluid-resistant cover.

Bioconcepts Custom-Sized Gloves - Measured to fit for patient to help to preserve web spaces.  Compression can be specified to be minimal (10 mmhg) or less.

Otoform - K/c Elastomer - Putty-like silicone is used in conjunction with splints

Gelbodies Heel & Ankle Protectors - Soft and stretchy. The Coolband material is skin compatible, breathable and can be machine washed. Lightweight, discreet and provides protection for areas at risk from pressure sores.

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Stroller Options

Convaid – Lightweight and compact folding wheelchairs.

Options include:
- Basic Cruiser CX10
- Convaid Adult Basic Cruiser CX18
- Convaid EZ Rider Wheelchair

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Wheelchair Options

Quantam Q6 Edge Power Wheelchair - Engineered to meet the performance needs of the most active user. The Q6 Edge accepts a complete range of seating and electronics options.

Biodynamics Seat and Back Cushions - Made with viscoelastic memory foam.

Rubber Dome Joystick Handle

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Information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. These are suggestions, please always consult your primary care physician.