Is This Eczema Friendly? 5 Things to Consider When Buying Clothing for Babies and Toddlers

Is This Eczema Friendly?

5 Things to Consider When Buying Clothing for Babies and Toddlers

Eczema is a common skin condition that happens in about one in five babies. Though eczema can affect adults, it appears most often on children since they have more sensitive skin and can be affected by environmental irritants which cause redness, itchiness and burning.


Aside from common irritants like soaps, fragrances and dust, a common (and often overlooked) irritant is clothing. It is important to choose the right protective clothing, as the wrong clothing may actually irritate the skin and increase the likelihood of eczema flare-ups.

What are the things you should look out for when choosing eczema-friendly clothing for babies and toddlers? Besides fabric, other considerations to look out for include seams, labels, embellishments, openings and chemicals or dyes. 

Eczema-friendly Children’s Clothing: 5 Things To Consider

1. Fabric 

The best thing you can do when choosing clothes for your sensitive-skinned baby is to make sure that everything is ultra-soft, breathable and absorbent, including all clothing, pyjamas, gloves, blankets, towels and bedsheets. This keeps your little ones comfortable, and prevents flare-ups from occurring in the first place.


When dressing a child with eczema, fabric is undoubtedly the most important consideration. According to the National Eczema Society, the best fabric choices include bamboo, silk and 100% cotton. Here at Simply Life, our products are made with a high composition of bamboo viscose (95% as compared to the conventional 70%!), and here’s why they work so well for little ones with sensitive skin:

Softness

For babies and toddlers with eczema, it is key to choose ultra-soft and silky smooth fabric that glides over skin without rubbing or being abrasive. Bamboo is the softest fabric that you can find for your baby’s clothing, and is comparable to some of the most luxurious fabrics like Egytian cotton and cashmere. As bamboo fibres are without chemical treatment, they are naturally smoother with no sharp spurs to irritate the skin, making bamboo fabric hypoallergenic and more suitable than cotton for those with skin sensitivities.

Breathability 

We know that sweat is one of the most common triggers of itch among people with eczema. As the cross-section of bamboo fibre is covered with micro-gaps, it allows for much better ventilation and regulation of the skin’s temperature, keeping your babies and toddlers cool in the heat, and flare-ups at bay!  

Absorbency

In Singapore’s tropical climate, it is impossible to prevent sweat. You want fabrics that will absorb moisture and quickly remove it from the skin. Bamboo is 40% more absorbent than even the finest organic cotton, wicking moisture away from the skin and keeping your little ones feeling dry and comfortable! Besides bamboo, synthetic, viscose-based fibres like modal or Tencel are also much more absorbent than cotton.

2. Seams and Necklines

To minimise irritation on your baby’s sensitive skin, avoid uncomfortable clothing seams and tight clothing. Stiff or bulky seams can irritate eczema-prone skin, causing itch and irritation. Therefore, look out for well-designed clothing with flat or concealed seams, are stretchy and easy to change into, to minimise abrasion and friction against the skin.

3. Labels

Protruding or itchy clothing labels can cause a great deal of discomfort to babies with sensitive skin. Ideally, look for garments with the label information printed directly onto the fabric, like Simply Life’s labels. Another option would be fabric labels that are woven into the clothing, which are less abrasive than polyester tags.

4. Closures and Zips

The underside of closures and zips can often be stiff and scratchy to babies with eczema. It is best to opt for clothing with closures and zips with a protective layer underneath, preventing abrasion against the skin, and keeps your babies and toddlers safe. 

5. Chemicals and Dyes

Chemicals and dyes in clothing fabric can become an irritant against eczema-prone skin and can lead to flare-ups. When purchasing clothing, be sure to read the label and choose fabrics without added chemicals. Simply Life’s products are free from toxins and are made with dyes that do not contain formaldehyde! In addition, our products are OEKO-TEX® certified, with all components (including fabric, sewing threads, accessory parts such as zips and coatings) complying with strict criteria that are baby- and kid-safe, and free from harmful substances.


Keen to try our Simply Life products for your little one? Be sure to catch up on all of the new items in the shop, including our cute new baby and toddler pieces and other essentials!


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