What's Really in Your Child's Clothing?
As parents, we try to pay attention to everything that our kids come in contact with. We try to watch every bite that our kids eat, making sure they don’t have too much junk food and that they get the nutrients they need. This kind of observation is especially important when they have any kind of allergies. Scents, foods, anything that might set off a reaction is very important to keep track of. When you have an eczema child, you need to pay even closer attention. We’ve long known how certain kinds of fabrics can either trigger or exacerbate eczema flare-ups, but it could be that it is even worse than we thought.
Stunningly, there are no regulations in the US when it comes to chemicals in children’s clothes. For parents who are aware of how sensitive the skin of children can be, this can come as a huge shock. In some studies, high amounts of phthalates and formaldehyde have been found in kids’ clothes. These chemicals can be absorbed through the skin, which is almost guaranteed when the clothes are rubbing against your child for upwards of 14 hours a day. Whenever you see clothes that are advertised as wrinkle-free, non-iron, or moisture-wicking, you can bet that there is some kind of chemical involved. Now, it is important to note that not all clothes made from artificial fiber are full of chemicals. But when you are taking care of a child who suffers from eczema, even a tiny chance can be too big.
The solution is to dress your children with clothes made from natural fibers such as cotton. When you buy new clothes, make sure you put them through the wash at least three times to eliminate any potentially eczema triggering chemicals that might have been hitching a ride. Studies report that no chemicals remain after the 3rd wash. Better yet, clothing made with organic cotton, free from any chemicals.
Although you can rest easier knowing that organic cotton clothes won’t contain any chemicals, the fabric can still be too harsh for some children with eczema. An even better natural fiber is Tencel®. This wonderful and sustainable fiber is derived from eucalyptus pulp and is one of the softest fabrics in the world. It is very breathable and incredibly lightweight. It is because of these properties and more than we use Tencel® in all of our eczema clothing for baby, toddler and child eczema. This eco-friendly fabric remains soft even when wet, which makes it perfect for wet wrap therapy for treating eczema. Children love how it feels on their skin, and its natural anti-itch properties help keep kids from scratching. Its manufacturing process is guaranteed to be completely free of any hazardous chemicals too.
We want our children to be as healthy and happy as possible. By eliminating any potentially harmful chemicals they could come in contact with, we are increasing the chances of that happiness! If you have any questions or need any kind of help in your own research, just check out the rest of our site or drop us a line, we are happy to help!
Kimbleton, Nikki, Jodi Mohrmann. “Your clothes could make you sick.” www.news4jax.com/consumer/clothes-could-make-you-... News4Jax. 19 May 2016. Web. 25 May 2016.