While eczema can be an annoying and nerve-wracking experience for anyone, it can be especially frustrating for children. It is a kind of skin inflammation that leads to red, itchy, dry and swollen skin. Although, certain edibles such as fried food, dairy products, chocolate and seafood can trigger eczema, you will be surprised to know that clothing is also one of the major factors that can perpetuate this skin condition.
Fabrics to Avoid
Avoid all synthetic or itchy fabrics and in particular, polyester & wool, as they can flare up eczema.
Texture of wool is generally coarse and considered a possible allergen for eczema. Wool can lead to red and itchy skin, despite being a natural fibre. If you suspect that your child has an allergy to wool, then checks the label and purchase kids clothing devoid of wool. Otherwise, pair it up with a cotton tee or shirt to avoid contact with skin.
Although polyester is regarded as a lightweight and soft fabric, contact with polyester can cause skin irritation and worsen the eczema condition.
Silk is essentially a smooth fabric, but what many people may not be aware of the fact that sericin- a kind of protein found in silk, may act as an irritant. However, sericin-free silk is also available.
Now that you are exposed to the knowledge of fabrics to avoid during eczema, also know about some recommendations to safeguard skin of your kids:
- Cotton: Cotton is the recommended fabric for children with eczema. It is natural and very gentle on children’s soft skin. Always prefer to select cotton underwear and nightwear as they are in close contact with the skin for a long period of time.
- Select loose-fitting outfits for your kids that do not rub against their skin.
- Once you find a suitable outfit, make it a point to wash it with mild detergents. Detergents with fragrance or brightening agents can worsen the condition of eczema, causing extreme itching and infection. Rinse clothes twice after washing with detergents to remove any residue.
- Last but not the least, always purchase clothing from renowned specialty stores, as they offer clothes made from quality fabric with tags stitched outside to prevent skin irritation.
Remember, when choosing clothing for your kids with eczema, the quality of fabric, and not fashion, must be your top priority. Whatever material you select, it must prevent irritation and provide ultimate comfort. After all, you always want to see a smile on your child’s face, don’t you?