Mon compte | Nous contacter | | +44 1962 890210

Cosy clothes for an eczema baby: What to look for

What can you do for your itchy little one when it comes to dressing them? Scratchy, tight or overly warm clothing can irritate eczema-prone skin. However, with a careful shopping it is entirely possible to find comfortable clothes for an eczema baby. Here is what we look for when clothing our itchy, eczema-prone son.

Eczema friendly baby clothing: What we look for


Stiff or bulky seams can irritant eczema prone skin. While flat seams are often touted as being better for eczema sufferers, user testing suggests that this is not always the case. Instead, we look for soft flexible seams ideally made with fibrous rather than spun thread. If seams are a real problem for your eczema baby, specialist seam free base layers are available. Other brands have external seams.


We all know that labels in clothing can be really irritating. Look for garments with the labelling information printed directly onto the fabric or soft woven ribbon labels sewn into side seams where they will be less irritating and can be easily removed. Some inks used for printing directly onto fabrics include latex. If clothes with printed information on the inside are problematic for your child, latex allergy is a possible reason.

Some brands including ScratchSleeves) have the labels attached to the outside of their garments. Watch out for super scratchy, papery labels used by some of the cheaper clothing manufacturers. Our experience is that these are impossible to remove completely without damaging the seam.

Cheeky child hiding on shelf in their clothes cupboard. The clothes are on the floor in the foreground!
When clothing our eczema baby, we look for loose fitting cotton clothing with flexible seams and soft labels sited well away from sensitive areas. We avoid stitched designs and woolens.


While stitched or appliqué embellishments look really cute, the back of these designs is often stiff and scratchy, especially after the clothes have been washed a few times. The underside of stitched designs is often covered with a synthetic mesh stuck to the inside of the garment. Both the mesh fabric and the adhesive can irritate sensitive skin. Look for printed designs and funky stripes rather than stitched motifs. Embellishments are best avoided on clothes for an eczema baby.

Waist bands

Most children’s clothes have fairly wide, elastic waist bands which are usually reasonably comfortable for eczema babies. However, if a waistband fits snugly, it can end up irritating eczema prone skin so we look for dungarees (or dresses for our daughter) to avoid waist bands all together. Also keep an eye out for adjustable waist bands, commonly found in toddler and pre-schooler trousers. Some children find the loose elastic, and button that it attaches to, really uncomfortable and scratchy. We are fans of the trousers with wide, ribbed waist bands.

Neck lines

When children are very small, up to about 18 months old, eczema tends to occur on the face and cheeks making tops with tight neck-lines really uncomfortable to put on and take off. This is especially true if your child has a big head. Look for tops with envelope collars, button up fronts (or backs) and generous neck openings.


You’ll be surprised at what a difference fabric choice makes to an eczema child’s comfort. Cotton is particularly comfortable to wear for children with eczema as it doesn’t aggravate the skin and lets it breathe easy. Avoid woollens as even non-eczema sufferer can find the stiff fibres irritating and itchy. Our funky scratch mitts and baby PJs are crafted from the best fabrics for eczema babies: cotton and silk. See our article on eczema friendly fabrics for more information.

Other Things to Think About


Eczema is often aggravated by heat. Dress your eczema baby in lots of thin layers so that you can easy adjust for changes in temperature. Try to keep the layers loose to avoid any uncomfortable bunching around your child’s elbows, shoulders and knees.


Laundry-wise you should pre-wash coloured cotton to remove any irritants like loose dyes. Products made from cheaper materials may be made with the irritant chemical substance formaldehyde. It’s advisable to rinse clothes through twice to get rid of any excess washing detergent and avoid fabric softeners. See our article on eczema friendly laundry for more top tips.

Here at ScratchSleeves, we don’t just share our experiences of bringing up an eczema child and favourite allergy-friendly recipes, we also manufacture and sell our unique stay-on scratch mitts and PJs for itchy babies, toddlers and children. We now stock sizes from 0-adult years in a range of colours. Take a look at our specialist eczema clothing in our webshop.

The Calm Skin Guide

Love our blog? It's also available in book format with:

Signed copies available at no extra cost

Écrit par :

Issue d'une famille de personnes souffrant d'eczéma, Jae s'appuie sur des années d'expérience pratique et directe de la vie avec l'eczéma.

Un article intéressant ? Ne le gardez pas pour vous...

Read next...

Vous pouvez également trouver utile...

Featured Article | Laundry & Clothing
La peau est en contact direct avec les vêtements et les inévitables résidus de détergent qu'ils contiennent. S'assurer que...
Blanchisserie et vêtements
Laundry detergents are one of the most commonly cited triggers for eczema. But why do some detergents cause a problem...
Blanchisserie et vêtements
What can you do for your itchy little one when it comes to dressing them? Scratchy, tight or overly warm...
Blanchisserie et vêtements
What can you do for your itchy little one when it comes to dressing them? You’ll be surprised at what...
Bathing & Washing | Laundry & Clothing
We often get asked by our customers what we use as an eczema family. So at ScratchSleeves HQ we mulled...
Life Stages | Laundry & Clothing
The idea for ScratchSleeves was borne from the despair of watching our kids suffer horribly with eczema.  Eczema mittens and...
Laundry & Clothing | Triggers
L'un des moyens les plus efficaces de lutter contre l'eczéma de bébé consiste à identifier ce qui déclenche les poussées d'eczéma de votre bébé et...
Blanchisserie et vêtements
If your baby’s eczema is aggravated by laundry detergents, keeping their clothes looking good without irritating their skin can be...
Blanchisserie et vêtements
If your baby is suffering from eczema you can end up asking a lot of your trusty washing machine: from...

Achat rapide

Ce que disent nos charmants clients...

D'autres critiques sont disponibles sur...

Remise sur les achats multiples


Dépensez entre 30 et 60 euros et économisez 5%.
Économisez 10 % sur les achats effectués entre 60 et 120 €.
Au-delà de 120 €, économisez 15 %.

Discount automatically applied at checkout

Garantie sans équivoque

outils de production en ligne (48)

ScratchSleeves offre une garantie sans faille.

Frais de port gratuits au Royaume-Uni

outils d'édition en ligne (85)

Free packing and postage on all UK orders. For overseas orders to Europe postage is from £3.50, to USA is £6.50 and to the rest of the world, from £3.75.

Défiler vers le haut