Hanna Blog Parenting Tips What is OEKO-TEX®? Will it Help With My Child’s Sensitive Skin?
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What is OEKO-TEX®? Will it Help With My Child’s Sensitive Skin?

We hear from many Hanna families that our clothes have helped them manage their child’s sensitive skin, allergies, or sensory issues—or even that their doctor recommended Hanna Andersson specifically. What is it about hannas that makes them an ideal choice for skin sensitivities? It’s a combination of 100% organic cotton, a certification called OEKO-TEX® that ensures safety from harsh chemicals, thorough sun protection, and meticulous attention to construction details. Let’s take a closer look: 

Sensitive skin 
Children’s skin is much more sensitive than our own, and babies—especially newborns—have highly absorbent skin. Chemicals, fragrances, dyes, and detergents can all lead to skin irritation, dryness, or rashes. Eliminating as many of these elements as possible—and not bathing baby too frequently—is a good first step to protecting baby from developing rashes or allergies. 

Skin allergies are the most common allergies in kids, affecting about 10% of all children. Eczema and Contact Dermatitis are common skin conditions that result in uncomfortable rashes. 

Sensory issues 
Sensory Processing Disorder (or SPD) and other sensory issues in kids are characterized by a heightened sensitivity to sensory experiences. Certain textures or other everyday sensory inputs can affect them like nails on a chalkboard. This means that something like a scratchy tag, itchy socks, or exposed elastic can become unbearably uncomfortable and distracting. 

100% organic cotton 
Cotton has many benefits that make it ideal for sensitive skin, which is why doctors tend to recommend it for newborn babies and for anyone with allergies or other skin issues. Cotton is a natural fiber, and happens to be naturally soft, cool, breathable, non-allergenic, and easier to clean. Organic cotton is best for baby and for others with sensitive skin because everything in it has been grown according to strict guidelines, without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. This is why nearly all of Hanna’s products for baby clothes and sleep are crafted from the softest, safest 100% organic cotton. (And we’ll be introducing bamboo soon, too!) 

You may have noticed that we mention OEKO-TEX® (pronounced something like oko-tex) a lot. OEKO-TEX® certification means that a garment has gone through extensive testing to ensure that it’s safe from all harmful chemicals and dyes. While organic certification speaks to the raw materials used to make a piece of clothing, OEKO-TEX® certification is all about how those materials are processed. When a piece is OEKO-TEX® certified, it applies to every button, zipper, or detail that may be on it. This gives peace of mind to anyone with skin allergies or other sensitivities. At Hanna, we’re very proud to say that almost all of our items for  babysleep, and swim—and many of our play basics as well—are certified OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100, meaning they’re safe from harmful levels of more than 350 harsh substances.

Sun safety is important for everyone, but especially when it comes to the sensitive skin of babies and kids. Hanna swimwear offers 97% UVA/UVB protection, and we always design hats and suits that provide plenty of coverage. 

Every little detail 
When it comes to highly sensitive skin—whether it’s sensory processing issues or the naturally absorbent skin of a newborn—the little details make a world of difference. Here are just a few of the seemingly small details that we put extra care into: 

  • Flatlock seams: These extra-smooth seams won’t rub against the skin 
  • Soft tags: Our silky tags don’t itch or irritate 
  • Linings: We line the backside of any embroidery or applique to ensure it doesn’t scratch the skin 
  • Encased elastic: All elastic is covered so they won’t feel it 
  • Zipper guards: Our sleepers have covered zippers to protect the skin 
  • Comfy socks: Our socks are crafted with a smooth toe seam and don’t bunch up 
  • Nickel-free: Trims like snaps and zippers are made without nickel to prevent allergic reactions 

Hear it from Hanna families 
It means a lot to us to hear how much Hanna families appreciate the care we put into making our clothes safe and comfortable for skin sensitivities: 

Dearest Hanna, 
I am actually sitting here crying. Not tears of sadness, but tears of happiness. My four-year-old son has autism and sensory integration issues. This makes finding clothes very close to impossible. He is very sensitive to the fabric, the way things are built, etc.  Add that to the fact that he is tough to fit, anyway, and you have a major problem. Thank goodness for Hanna Andersson. They are the only PJs that he has ever been able to wear. He’ll only wear your t-shirts, also. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for creating clothes that he can wear trouble-free. Plus, when he is going through a tough time, he loves to snuggle in my Hanna nightgowns (which, for me, are perfect for breast-feeding when I have little ones). Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

Katie Andrade 

Dear Hanna Andersson, 
I thought I would share with you some comments my 4-year-old son made last week. I had bought him Hanna Andersson underwear about a year and a half ago… They still fit him and they are holding up wonderfully. A month ago I had a store credit at Target. I didn’t know what to buy, but I saw some Spiderman underwear, and thought my son would like them. The other day I told my son to get dressed and I handed him his clothes, including the Spiderman underwear. He told me “Oh, Mom, I like this underwear, (the Spiderman underwear) but I don’t like to wear it. It’s not comfortable. I like the other kind." So I told him to go pick out some underwear. He found his Hanna Andersson underwear and said, “Yeah!!! These… Mom, these are the ones I like to WEAR. I like to look at the Spiderman underwear, just not wear it. Okay, Mom?" 

Just thought I’d share that…. Even a 4-year-old can pick out the quality of your clothes!  Thanks! 

Thanks again! 
Michelle Verheyen