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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What type of clothing should my child wear if he has eczema?

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    Prof Rodney Sinclair

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Professor Sinclair is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Sinclair Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    One of the key triggers to eczema is overheating and so what you often find with the eczema suffering children is that the mother will put two layers of clothing on herself and then put three layers of clothing on the child. In fact, it should be other way around. If the mother has three layers of clothing on, then the child only needs two because children are generally much more active. They run around and generate heat, and as soon as they get hot they start to scratch and aggravate their eczema.

    The key thing is to keep your children on the cool side rather than on the warm side. Often natural fabrics are better for children, particularly breathable fabrics. On the whole, cotton is good for the skin. Superfine merino fabrics and some of the synthetic fabrics that wick away moisture are also good.

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