By Laura Dolgy (Bio)
When your little one is suffering from eczema, it can be the most stressful and painful experience you will ever go through as a parent. It’s never fair to watch any child suffer from relentless pain, itching and infections. When parents are first dealing with eczema, they will usually resort to healing their eczema baby with treatments. Although many treatments, can provide relief for itchy or painful eczema, did you know that some clothing can help provide relief as well? This week, we’re discussing eczema clothing for babies and children that can help soothe the skin and or offer protection.
Please keep in mind that although these products can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like fever or an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.
If you’re just reading our blog for the first time, you should know that Jennifer Roberge, who founded and edits this blog, has also dealt with her own child’s severe eczema. In fact, it took her YEARS to finally heal her son’s eczema. If you’d like to learn more about their story and journey, make sure to check out: Natural Remedies for Eczema: What Worked for My Son. A little secret, she used a few of the recommended eczema clothing for babies mentioned below.
So, Why Eczema Clothing?
Like we mentioned, natural treatments can help eczema and many sufferers find relief in just treatments alone. However, what happens when the skin is already scratched up and itchy? Babies and children are notorious for scratching their wounds for quick relief, but scratching eczema only makes it worse.
Eczema clothing is an integral part of healing eczema because the skin can never fully heal if it’s constantly being torn apart by relentless scratching. So while natural eczema cream is great for treating the itch and moisturizing the skin, it’s important to protect the skin from irritants and even more important, from scratching!
Our Picks for Eczema Clothing for Babies & Children
When picking out eczema clothing for babies and children, it’s important to keep in mind which area of the skin you’re treating, as well as any allergies your little one might have. If your eczema baby is suffering from allergies, then you will want to opt for clothing that is hypo-allergenic and stay far away from clothing that has either latex or polyester.
Our list below includes recommendations for clothing that we’ve seen work wonders. If you happen to know of any others that have worked for your child, please share them below in our comment section.
These mittens work so incredibly well at keeping little fingers from scratching and irritating the skin. Eczema gets worse on an itch-scratch cycle, so by eliminating the possibility to scratch their skin endlessly, your child’ skin is able to begin the healing process. The ScratchMeNot Original Mittens come in different sizes for babies and children. This eczema clothing for babies can be worn all day or night and either left open for play or closed to prevent scratching. Stretchy cotton, bamboo and lycra give these mittens a nice fit that is hard to wiggle out of. The ScratchMeNot Cotton Mittens are made for kids with the most sensitive of skin and are made of 100% cotton.
What makes these ScratchMeNot Mittens special? The super soft silk mitten AND the unique cardigan-like design makes them incredibly difficult to get out of.
Wet and Dry Wrapping
A great option for soothing inflamed and itchy eczema skin, is both wet wrap therapy and dry wrapping. The process requires a bath, moisturizer and a layer of clothing to seal in moisture, so that it can further permeate the skin.
Depending on where your child’s eczema is on his or her body, you’ll want to opt for different wraps. For example, these Remedywear eczema sleeves and WrapESoothe body bands are best used for localized eczema either on your child’s arm or leg like behind the knee. If your little one is suffering from full body eczema or has patches all over, make sure to check out either this WrapESoothe Eczema Suit for children up to 3 years old, or for older children ages 4-5, these WrapESoothe Pants and WrapESoothe Shirt are perfect for dry and wet wrapping.
What makes wet and dry wrap clothing so special? Both Remedywear and WrapESoothe fabric is made of TENCEL fabric which retards bacterial growth and retains water longer than cotton making it great for wet wrapping! Plus Remedywear is made from fabric with zinc for an added anti-bacterial boost. We love this type of eczema clothing for babies and know you will too.
Pajamas with Mittens
Is your little one constantly scratching themselves in their sleep? There are a variety of sleep sacks for babies and pajamas for children that can help give them (and you!) a restful sleep.
For little, little ones, make sure to check out either the Bamboo Bubby Bag or the Eczema Baby Sleep Sack with Mittens. Both are excellent at eliminating scratching, as they include mittens and can easily be opened from the bottom to make middle of the night diaper changes a breeze. If you’re looking to also stop thumb sucking, these are great choices! For more options, check out this collection of eczema sleeping bags and sacks.
For older children, Cotton Comfort created a One-Piece Footed Pajama for Kids and separate Scratch Mitten Pajama Tops and Footed Pajama Pants for Kids. All pieces are 100% Organic Cotton and include mittens (non-removable), so that your child does not scratch themselves subconsciously in their sleep.
What makes them special? Soft cooling cotton and bamboo fabrics. And mittens, of course!
Although underwear is not necessarily used to heal eczema, it can be worn to prevent eczema instead. If your child is suffering from eczema in the groin or butt area due to textile dermatitis, then you’ll want to check out both these Boy’s Latex Free Underwear and Girl’s Latex Free Underwear.
What makes them special? They are made from 100% organic cotton, latex free, formaldehyde free, bleach free, and chlorine free.
Talk about pure!
How about Laundry for Eczema?
You can have the best clothing made from the best fabrics for eczema, BUT if you use a toxic laundry detergent, you could just be adding to your eczema troubles.
Read More: The Best Laundry Detergents for Eczema
If you read the above mentioned post, you’ll discover that laundry detergents are full of harsh chemicals. And even the most natural detergents can leave a very alkaline residue on the skin which can be very irritating. So, when your child has eczema it’s important to look at laundry solutions that won’t trigger a flare or make things worse. The SmarkKlean Laundry ball was made for sensitive skin. What makes it special? It does not contain any added fragrance or brightening agents which can be harsh on skin and leaves absolutely no detergent or soap residue. PLUS it’s 100% hypoallergenic, which makes it a great detergent alternative for babies and children suffering from eczema.
I’ve tried Natural Treatments AND Clothing – NOTHING WORKS!
If you seem to be doing everything right and your child’s eczema is just not going away, you might want to try healing from within. The best eczema treatments for babies as well as clothing can go a long way, but if your child’s gut is unhealthy or they are actually sensitive to a certain food, the eczema will be more difficult to heal. Ready to find out how to get rid of your child’s eczema for good? Check out our post: Our Elimination Diet Success (How You Can Do It Too!).
Also, make sure to check out this very informative workshop for baby and child eczema hosted by Abby of Prime Physique Nutrition.
Do you use any eczema clothing for babies and children? Let us know what has worked for your child in our comment section below!
Bio: Laura 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.