When Clothes Hurt
Taylor and her mother experience an unpleasant, sometimes excruciating morning routine. It starts out looking like a simple discussion of what Taylor wants to wear to school, but in reality, it’s much more than that.
“How about this one?” Mom asks. “No, it scratches my neck,” Taylor protests. “This?” Mom tries again, trying to keep her patience as she realizes she’s going to be late for work yet again. “Mommy, you know that shirt scratches my tummy!” Both of them are losing patience as precious time slips by, and finally, with the bus about to pull up in three minutes, Taylor’s mom convinces her to throw on a simple T-shirt without a tag.
At school, she’s too busy fidgeting and trying to ignore the distracting itchiness to pay attention to what the teacher is saying. Her jeans feel like sandpaper against her legs, and all she wants to do is run home and take them off. It feels like an eternity before the 3:00 bell rings, and she races to catch the bus home.
Most of us can’t imagine suffering with a severe sensitivity to our surroundings, but for many children, this is a daily reality they are forced to deal with. Sensory Processing Disorder is a very real and sometimes debilitating issue that can make everyday life feel nearly unbearable for a child who isn’t given tools to deal with it properly.
SPD is also present in many children with Autism, causing them to be more sensitive to external stimuli, such as sights, sounds, and touch. Too much stimulation can lead to increased stress, which can unfortunately lead to meltdowns and a poor state of mental and emotional health.
We at Yellowberry understand the unique needs of these children, and while we can’t fix everything, we can make one area of their lives easier.
Clothing sensitivity is one of our biggest considerations when designing our bras. We do our best to ensure that the fabric is soft, thick, breathable, and a perfect fit.
There are six parameters that we try to meet in order to make sure that every girl will feel comfortable in our bras. This article describes them in more detail. In brief, the best type of clothing for a child with SPD is made from natural materials, is super soft, thick yet breathable, doesn’t have tags or tricky fasteners, has flat seams, and fits well without bunching up. Furthermore, most of our bras have an over-the-head design that makes it easier for moms with girls who have physical and developmental issues.
When children are nonverbal or have limited communication skills, it’s very important to watch their reaction to the feeling of different fabrics. While sensory issues don’t resolve on their own, as parents we can help them be as comfortable and happy as possible by keeping in tune with their feelings and reactions to different stimuli.