Are Clothing Dyes Safe for Babies?

| January 11, 2017

baby onesiesWe all want to dress our children in cute and colorful gear, but are we giving our kids the best we can when we are so concerned about their fashion? While putting our babies in adorable baby onesies is a rite of passage for modern-day parents, it is not completely necessary. As a matter of fact, some parents aren’t even aware of how dangerous it can be.

Having an allergic reaction to something as an adult can be life-threatening, but for a child the chances of being seriously and permanently injured by an allergen are much higher. So, knowing how to pick your battles (and your clothes) is very important. Here is what you need to know about those fabric dyes and your little bundle of joy.

How Can Fabric Dyes Harm My Child?

There is a common allergic reaction to fabric dyes called “Textile Contact Dermatitis.” It occurs when the ingredients used to make the clothes react with the wearer’s immune system, and the results can be deadly. Textile contact dermatitis is caused by encountering materials which contain substances such as formaldehyde finishing resins, adhesives, chemical additives, and tanning solutions – typical components used in the fabric dying process. The most common side effects of textile contact dermatitis are as follows:

  • Redness
  • Scaling
  • Itching
  • Bacterial infection
  • Yeast infection
  • Intertrigo

Textile contact dermatitis can usually be spotted in the groin, the crooks of the arm, the backs of knees, the back, and the buttocks. Be sure to check those areas on your child to ensure no allergic reaction is taking place.

What Happens If My Child Has an Allergic Reaction to Clothing Dyes

If you suspect your child is becoming sick in some way because of the dyes in the clothes he or she is wearing, immediately remove those clothes and change your child into something else that is free of dyes or chemicals. Should the allergic reaction continue, make an appointment with your pediatrician right away. Some laundry detergents are designed for people with moderate to severe textile contact dermatitis, but keep in mind those detergents are more expensive that standard cleaning solutions.

Textile contact dermatitis can be caused by the materials used in the clothing as well, but those cases are very rare. Most adverse reactions are caused by the dyes in the fabrics, which means it may be time to get used to the idea of dressing your children in white.

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