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What works

100% Pure Organic Cotton (Certified, not just claimed), therefore no pesticide residues, chemical finishes or bleached white fabric. This ensures our clothing is free of toxins and our fabric is as soft as possible.

No extra 'remedy' 'coatings' added to the cotton leaving your regular emollients or medication to be applied as, when and where it is needed and not have to compete with other products with unknown joint effects.

100% Cotton that really is 100% - we do not use the (legal) allowance that would allow us to add 2-4% other fibres to the mix. Little known but allowed by law to account for 'trimmings' however these extra % are frequently used to maximize profits by less honest producers.

Hot machine wash at 60c or above – this is essential to eliminate house dust mite allergen and to remove residues of oil/cream and dead skin build up from the inside of clothing.

Flat seams inside and out for extra comfort (so they cannot be used to scratch against).

Soft ribbed edges and covered non latex elastic

'Easy remove' labels on the outside of all Cotton Comfort produced clothing.

Top quality to withstand the extra wear, tear and frequent washing essential for eczema sufferers.

Colours are as natural as possible with no azo dyes The chemical dyes that belong to a group called azo dyes are the most allergenic. These dyes are water soluble; sweat can have the same effect, which leads to the dye coming in direct contact with the skin and increasing the risk of developing an allergy.

Designed with eczema protection and comfort in mind

Squashed = hot = itchy = painful

Our integral mittens are roomy, double thickness and hand shaped.
It's rather obvious I know but there are mittens on the market that are the same width as the wrist! or single layer fabric that little fingers can scratch straight through, and even small square mittens! -and we have all puzzled over the baby clothes that have 'fold over' mittens. An arm length that fits the baby fine – then we are expected to pull down the sleeve to put the little square from the sleeve end over the baby's hand. Either the sleeve has to increase in length! or the baby's arm has to shrink! to make this work, neither of which are possible.
End result is that mum sees baby's squashed little hands and can see this is not a good idea
All hands are wider than the wrist and no hands are square.
Our roomy mittens encourage the development of normal hand/eye co-ordination development skills and do not squash the fingers.

Tight = painful – distress = hot = itchy

Nothing tied around the wrists.

Wrist restraints prevent natural movement of the hands and fingers – try it on your own wrist by circling with the other hand – now try to move your wrist & fingers, not comfy? now imagine your wrist is covered in sore eczema – ouch!
Ties have knots which will be used to scratch with (wrists rubbed together) or face/ears/ankles will be targeted. Any wrist restraint will become tighter as the child pulls at the mitten.  

We have even seen mittens with velcro on the wrists and can only imagine the damage that will be inflicted if used as a 'scratching post' We never use Velcro – on anything – ever            

Baggy necklines = access to scratch

No envelope necks on eczema nightwear
 I made this mistake many years ago and found that babies and children with itchy eczema will do anything to find a way in to scratch – even to the point of pulling clothing down to 'escape' via the loose neckline. Envelope necks become slack and baggy with use. Our necklines are designed to hold their shape, make it difficult for little hands to find a way in and still be flexible enough not to tug on little ears when dressing      

Tight armholes = discomfort = distress = hot = itchy eczema

Think about it – Big and baggy or closer fit?
At first thought big and baggy sounds more comfortable but think again – areas of eczema generally have a rough surface, a loose garment will catch on the skin tags and cause friction and discomfort with each movement. Loose also means extra folds so some areas will be hotter (and itchier) than others and create lumps and bumps to sleep and lie on
Beware of uncomfortable 'skin on skin' contact within a garment, especially under the arms when a raglan sleeve is too baggy or between the thighs if a gusset is too low

Clothes that are closeish fitting (not tight) stay in place so do not move against and irritate the areas of eczema

Eczematous skin benefits from being covered

even in warm weather, so that it is kept at a constant, comfortable temperature

"Eczematous skin is most comfortable if it is kept in an environment that is fairly stable as far as temperature and humidity are concerned. It is therefore generally best to keep it closely covered rather than open to the air, even in the summer”

Dr David J Atherton
Hon. Consultant in Paediatric Dermatology, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London

See the full recommendation from Dr Atherton for Pure Cotton Comfort on our Home page