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If, like me, you have a child whose skin is sensitive (or if you have sensitive skin yourself) you will know that the type of clothing worn can make a big difference to how comfortable their skin is. Skin sensitivity could be because you child has eczema, psoriasis or is prone to allergies.
My elder son was diagnosed with eczema at only a few months old. He was prone to severe nappy rash and had angry red sore wrists, elbows and back.
Man-made fibres have always made him sore and itchy, which cause him pain, discomfort and in hot weather, sleepless nights. However when I put him in natural fibres, his skin is cooler and was much less miserable and itchy.
Fortunately there are lots of specialist eczema clothing which is 100% cotton or made from other natural fibres such as silk, bamboo and linen. These are fantastic and brilliant for sleepwear, underwear, bedding and can help with specialist school uniform.
Your kid may be disappointed that they can't wear all the fun clothes that their friends can.
Fortunately there are lots of children's clothing available which make 100% cotton clothing that is not just kind to skin, but is also made from organic cotton and better still it comes in cool, funky and child friendly designs.
You can also buy colourful cotton 100% cotton bedding and even soft toys to cuddle up with as well.
One really important piece of advice from my personal experience of buying clothing for a child with eczema; I would recommend is that you always check individual item descriptions of products from any of these retailers to check the fibre content.
Some places offer only a part of their range in 100% cotton, while also selling items that could have mixed fibres.
Frugi is all about gorgeous organic 100% cotton clothes for babies, kids and expectant mums too. Thier speciality is cute clothing with bold and funky designs such as animals - lots of animals - boats, trucks, flowers and did I mention lots of really cute animals?
These colourful clothes for babies including babygrows, rompers, onesies and pramsuits. The kids range goes up to 10 years with are waterproof coats in jolly prints, robust trousers, printed T-shirts, dresses, hoodies, pyjamas and skirts - all with thier trademark style.
For kids with sensitive skin Frugi also have organic cotton soft toys, 100% organic cotton bedding, as well as frump-free breastfeeding wear for mums.
Natural Collection are specialists in Fairtrade and organic clothing for babies and children much of which is 100% cotton or 100% bamboo which is also very good for sensitive skin.
Good for tops, T-shirts and dresses as well as babies onsies, bodysuits and bibs.
If you are desparate, worried about what on earth your child with eczema will wear when they get to school, they also stock 100% pure organic cotton school uniform, including trousers, dresses, gingham summer dresses, shorts and pure cotton school socks.
John Lewis & Partners have a lovely range of 100% organic cotton clothing for babies from newborn to 2 years old, including onsies, rompers, trousers, shorts, T-shirts, tops and dresses in their own brand range with adorable prints as well as classic basics such as Breton stripes and plain colurs in bright hues.
Some oth the John Lewis & Parners range is GOTS cetified as well.
As well as their own John Lewis brand, they also stock amny of the top organic childrens clothing brands including Frugi, Polarn O. Pyret and Wheat.
The White Company The majority of The White Company's clothes, PJs and bedding are made in pure cotton.
Particularly strong on country stye girly ginghams and delicate embroideries, they supply great quailty products in classic styles and colours, with lovely victorian style dresses, classically styled trousers, skirts and tops and cool cotton night wear.
The childrens range starts with babies and goes up to 12 years, and some of the adults range is made from 100% cotton too.
If you want to say it loud, Toby Tiger clothes are colourful, with instantly recognisable prints and motifs.
They also have an organic cotton basics range it a range of bright single colour items to mix and match.
Their clothing range goes from newborn up to 6 years with dresses, tees, skirts, trousers, pyjamas, coats, baby clothes, sleepwear and accessories. They also have 100% cotton bibs, blankets, muslins and sleepsuits.
If you love Boden's instantly recognisable adult clothing range, you will be delighted to learn that their children's range have some items which are 100% cotton, but I recommend checking individual items as fibre content varies. Most likely to be cotton are T-shirts, sweatshirts and tops.
Cool Pyjamas UK are specialist in just that - pyjamas and nothing else! They describe their mission as "To make pyjamas and leisurewear that was cool, that was comfy, had a timeless look, and would shake off the image that pyjamas had built up over the years" in other words, pyjamas that are comfy enough to wear all day and cool enought to wear outside!
All their products are 100% cotton and the range includes PJs for men, women and children with ages between around 6 and 12 years old.
Ethical Superstore is another fairtreade and organic specialit, who stock cotton clothing from all the top ethical brands including Pachamama, Little Green Radicals, Traidcraft, Living Crafts and Frugi. Mostly for babies and younger children.
Pigeon Organic make gorgeous organic clothing for babies and children up to 5 years old, with more of a focus on calmimg colours and classic styling.
They have a capsule range which is made in the UK, while the rest of their adorable clothing is all organic 100% cotton.
Green Nippers are an organic, ethical and eczema friendly baby and children's clothing label, inspired by all things green. They have a collection of organic baby loungewear and accessories which has been created using 100% organic cotton, nickel free fastenings, and natural and organic dyes that have a low-impact on the environment.
Plus they also have children's underwear and pyjamas in organic cotton, all for kids aged up to 5 years.
People Tree was one of the the pioneers of Fair Trade and sustainable fashion with women's and men's clothes that teens will love. They have a mix of classic basics and fashion items.
Not all items are 100% cotton, so I do recommend that you check individual item descriptions.
The Eden Project The online shop for the popular eco-attraction in Cornwall has cool 100% cotton T-Shirts for kids and adults with bright colours and cool designs, and funny slogans that mean you will sport an important environmental message.
Amazon 100% cotton products for kids of all ages from a huge variety of retailers. Always check individual product descriptions to confirm cotton content. Their selection is best for ladies and mens 100% cotton underwear, and T-shirts.
Piccalilly have baby and child clothing, bibs and sleepwear up to 10 years old in 100% cotton. Their prints are all quite adorable, in bright and cheerful colours and cute designs. They also stock organic cotton muslin swaddles.
Greenfibres 100% cotton clothes in classic styles as well as fun designs for kids and fashionable styles for adults. They stock items in silk, linen and hemp as well as organic wool.
They are particularly good for underwear and they even have a cotton and bamboo bra, in A-C cups.
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