Understanding Eczema in Children: How clothing can trigger symptoms

Eczema is a very common skin condition that can affect millions of children worldwide. Eczema is known for it’s red, itchy and inflamed skin which can be very uncomfortable and frustrating for children.

There can be various triggers for an eczema flare-up but one that is overlooked is clothing.

understanding eczema in children - 4 kids in pyjamas

Below are some tips on what to look for with regards to clothing

  1. Fabric Choice: The type of fabric used can play a significant role in triggering flare-ups. Synthetic fabrics such as polyester and nylon can irritate sensitive skin, leading to increased itching and inflammation. Choosing natural fabrics like cotton or bamboo can help reduce irritation.
  2. Avoid Rough Textures: Rough or coarse fabrics can increase eczema symptoms by rubbing against the skin and causing irritation. Prioritize soft, smooth textures and if possible seamless clothing.
  3. Tight fitting clothing: Tight clothing can restrict airflow to the skin and can trap sweat which then causes irritation. Choose loose-fitting garments made from breathable fabrics.
  4. Dyes and chemicals: Dyes and chemical treatments used in the manufacturing process can worsen eczema symptoms. It is best to look for clothing that is labelled as hypoallergenic or specifically designed for sensitive skin.
  5. Moisture Before Dressing: Applying a gentle moisturiser to your child’s skin before dressing can help create a protective barrier and prevent clothing drying out their skin.
  6. Choose Sleepwear Carefully: Make sure you opt for soft, breathable pyjamas that are made from natural fabrics and avoid any tight elastic bands or tags that could cause irritation.

By understanding how clothing can impact eczema symptoms, parents can take proactive steps to ensure their child’s comfort and well-being.

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