Considerations when choosing children's clothing

Considerations when choosing children's clothing

There are several important considerations to bear in mind when choosing clothing for your child 1 & 2...

  • The appearance of the clothing. Disabled children and teenagers want clothes that are age-appropriate and look the same as the clothes other children wear.

  • Does it have any seams, folds or pockets which may cause pressure areas on children with limited or no sensation or who have sensitive skin?

  • Will it accommodate casts, body braces, callipers etc?

  • Is it likely to become entangled in crutches or a wheelchair?

  • Is it designed to cope with excess saliva, spilled food or drink, or perspiration?

  • The ease with which the garment can be put on and taken off.

  • The choice of fabric, for example the weight, texture and warmth. Warm clothes are important for children with limited mobility or with poor circulation. Keeping cool is important for children who constantly feel too warm or who are unable to move about in hot weather to cool down.

  • How durable is the fabric? Will it cope with your child's walking pattern, method of crawling, propelling their wheelchair or using crutches? Cheap clothing may seem good value, but can be more expensive in the long-run if it has to be replaced frequently.

  • If your child has an allergy to textile dyes, try to choose light coloured, un-dyed clothing in a natural fibre (cotton, linen, silk or wool)3.

  • Ease of care. Can the clothing be washed easily in the washing machine? Does it require ironing?

  • The type and positioning of fastenings can make the difference between your child being independent or dressing with help. If the fabric has sufficient give, fastenings may not be required at all.

You may also like to read our advice on assisting a child with dressing.

Advice last checked: 23 January 2018 Next check due: 23 January 2021

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