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By Laura Dolgy (see bio below)
Recently, we shared a few thoughts on both latex hypersensitivity and polyester allergies in our blog post Your Guide To Textile Dermatitis as fabric and clothing sensitivities are becoming more prominent among the eczema community.
We’d like to continue sharing some fabric alternatives for kids with eczema, textile dermatitis and sensitive skin. We tend to lean towards organic cotton clothing for kids (and adults too!), as it is completely chemical free and only contains cotton, which happens to be one of the few fabrics that isn’t known to irritate the skin in any way. This certainly lessens the worry of possible flare-ups.
Ready to learn more about organic cotton clothing for kids? Check out why you should adopt this safe fabric alternative for kids with eczema and sensitive skin!
Please keep in mind that although these tips and information have worked for several eczema sufferers, I am in no way a medical professional. If you’re experiencing severe eczema or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.
What is 100% Organic Cotton?
Before going into why 100% organic cotton is an excellent alternative for your child’s eczema, let’s take a look at how this fabric is made!
Organic cotton is grown using methods and tools that have a low impact on the environment. This means that the cotton is grown without the use of toxic pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.
This type of fabric is quickly becoming the focal point of a new type of fashion known as “sustainable fashion.” Essentially, it is a growing sustainable movement that is meant to be a direct alternative to fast fashion.
Don’t be fooled by the term organic, which isn’t well regulated. Companies can claim their products are organic when they really aren’t. To make sure an item is organic and free of harmful chemicals look for things like these certifications.
STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® – an independent lab testing fabrics for chemicals.
Global Organic Textile Standard – certification for organic fibers
Why Choose 100% Organic Cotton Clothing for Kids With Eczema?
Because organic cotton does not use any toxic pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, it is by far the most natural, harmless fiber. Some conventional cotton can actually irritate children’s skin (especially newborns) due the chemicals used in processing and packaging. And most conventional cotton contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the debate is out one whether GMOs are safe. Read more in GMOs And Your Health: What Is The Connection?
The bottom line is that kids organic clothing in cotton is safe from washes, bleaches, toxic colors or scents and has less of a chance of irritating your child’s skin, especially when they suffer from eczema.
Where Can You Find Kids Organic Clothing in Cotton?
There are several manufacturers that have begun to manufacture organic cotton clothing. For children who suffer from eczema, The Eczema Company is a great store (and resource!). The Eczema Company sells a variety of organic kids pajamas as well as underwear that are made for sensitive skin and do not use any harsh chemicals or dyes. In 100% organic cotton, there is the One-Piece Footed Pajama for Kids, which is the perfect overnight sleepsuit that will allow any damaged or sensitive skin to heal, while providing a restful night’s sleep.
Then there are the Scratch Mittens Pajama Top for Kids, as well as the Footed Pajama Pants for Kids in the same material, great for when you need only a top or bottom or for when your child prefers separates over a one-piece. Similarly to the one-piece footed pajama mentioned above, these organic kids pajamas are a wonderful alternative to skin conditions either present on your child’s arm or legs. Honestly, these organic cotton pajamas are a lifesaver for any child who is continuously scratching from their skin condition. All kids organic pajamas listed here are also latex-free, which is an added bonus for anyone who suffers from a latex allergy.
Finally, these Girl’s Underwear for Sensitive Skin, as well as Boy’s Latex Free Underwear for Sensitive Skin are also 100% organic cotton and perfect for any child who might be suffering from a skin condition or eczema in their groin area. The underwear is also 100% spandex and latex free, which means no flare-ups!
ILW recommends: 4 Ways to Relieve Groin Eczema.
Check out this curated collection of 100% cotton clothing for eczema sufferers.
For everything else – school clothes, dresses, tops, bottoms, etc, check out Colored Organics, which offers a full line of babies to big kids certified organic cotton clothing. It’s all super cute and stylish as well!
Although we love 100% organic cotton because it’s a great alternative for eczema sufferers (especially children), we also love it because of its sustainability. Knowing that you’re able to help your child, as well as the environment is a great feeling!
If you’ve been testing out 100% organic cotton clothing on your child, we want to hear from you! Let us know your results in the comments below.
Bio: Laura Dolgy is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.