Allergies to Man Made Fibres
Whatever your child is allergic to it’s never plain sailing. But life can be particularly difficult for children who are allergic to their own clothes. So, what should you do if your child seems to have an allergy to man-made fibres?
Things to Avoid if Your Child is Allergic to Man-Made FibresItchy skin, rashes and eczema flare-ups could all be due to an allergy to synthetic fibres. Nylon, polyester and acrylic are key offenders and they can be found in a wide variety of different kinds of children’s clothing – from football kits to nappies. If your child is older, he or she will probably let you know if a particular jumper, t-shirt or pair of pants is irritating them. But be on the look-out for sore, red areas on the skin, especially on little ones who can’t tell you what’s going on.
Good Clothing Alternatives for Children Allergic to Man-Made FibresIt’s widely accepted that 100% cotton is the best choice for kids who suffer with sensitive skin or skin allergies. Silk is another natural fibre that many people find to be a good alternative to synthetic fibres. It’s light, breathable and helps the skin stay warm in cold weather and cool in warm weather. Don’t just think about your child’s clothing, of course, think about their bedding too. Silk and cotton are both good options for sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers.
Another tip is to always make sure your child’s clothes are not too tight or close fitting. If your child’s skin is sensitive, having clothes that rub, or that don’t allow the skin to breath, could make a poor situation even worse.
Other Things to Look out for if Your Child is Allergic to Man-Made FibresMany parents avoid washing children’s clothes using synthetically fragranced fabric conditioners or biological washing powders. Chemically produced fragrances and the enzymes in biological powders can both irritate sensitive skin.
Despite the convenience, it’s probably a good idea to avoid crease-free and non-iron fabrics too. Pay close attention for this when you’re buying school uniforms, shirts and summer dresses.
Layer your child’s clothes and bedding, so that they can wrap up or unwrap depending on the temperature. Being too hot can irritate the skin, and sweat itself can be a potential irritant. Also, just because something is a natural fibre, doesn’t automatically mean it will be trouble free for your child. One key example here is wool, which some parents find can cause an allergic reaction in children.