Sleepwear for children is very important because it ensures the child is warm and protected while sleeping. Sleepwear also has to be safe for children to wear. Below are a few questions you should ask yourself about your child’s sleepwear. Do you know the correct answers?
Children can get strangled if sleepwear has a hood with drawstrings and loose threads? It can also get caught in fences and play equipment and strangle the child.
Loose buttons in sleepwear can choke a child?
If the clothing is not fire resistant, it can endanger your child’s life if a fire breaks out while your child is sleeping?
When a child is sleeping, they do not realize what is going on even if any of the above mentioned incidents were to occur. That is why it is important to carefully consider your choice of sleepwear and select something that is safe and secure for the child.
Here are a few things you may want to know about sleepwear, as they can harm your child’s health.
The choice of sleepwear should be sensible considering the amount of time a child spends in deep slumber. The majority of the pajamas you find in stores are made out of polyester, which is derived from petroleum. Unfortunately, most children’s sleepwear is doused with chemicals that are flame resistant and these chemicals pose a major health risk for babies and children. We all would want our children to wear cozy and fuzzy sleepwear, but not at the cost of exposing their delicate skin to toxic chemicals.
While shopping for sleepwear, make sure you choose natural fibers that do not contain flame-retardants. It is believed these chemicals emanate fumes, which children inhale while sleeping. Furthermore, the chemicals have been linked to irritation of the skin, nose, throat and ears. Focus on the fabric to ensure it is natural and will not harm your child’s delicate skin or health.
It is best to avoid sleepwear made from synthetic materials, as they are highly flammable and contain brominates-based chemicals to make them flame-resistant.
If you are unsure whether the fabric is doused with chemicals, wash the sleepwear manually using a strong detergent. Then, run it through the washing machine, letting several wash cycles go by before drying and having your child wear it.
Here are some tips to ensure the health of your child while wearing sleepwear:
Always check the label for fabric composition. Cotton is the safest because it does not catch fire easily and if it does, you can put out the flames more easily. It also is gentle and does not chafe the skin
Avoid flame-resistant fabrics, as they are laden with harmful chemicals that could be toxic to the health of your child
Most fabrics that are made out of cotton and natural fibers do not carry a fire safety label. However, they tend to be safer for your child’s health. So, the next time you are looking to buy sleepwear for your child, think about how it can affect your child’s health and then make an informed buying decision.
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