Why Do So Many Kids Have Sensitive Skin?

Kids have sensitive skin! Their skin is thinner than adult skin. It can overreact to things because kids are still new to the world. And finding sensory friendly clothing can be difficult.  As the mom of a girl who is somewhat sensitive due to some scarring, I know firsthand how challenging this can be. Many of today’s fashion fabrics and trims are uncomfortable. Sometimes they even cause irritation and a rash.

Tactile Sensitivity and Sensitive Skin

And then there are some kids who have extremely sensitive skin for no apparent reason. Tactile Sensitivity refers to the condition of being hypersensitive to tactile sensation. For some children, a woven fabric can feel stiff and uncomfortable. Other kids can find certain fabrics intolerably itchy.

Some children refuse to wear long sleeves. These habits are familiar to the parents of a child with sensitive skin. Tactile Sensitivity is one aspect of Sensory Processing Disorder and is common among children with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and even ADHD.

Sensory Friendly Clothing

Many kids have strong opinions about what they wear. Even kids who aren’t especially tactile sensitive can have clear preferences. And let’s face it, most of us prefer our undergarments to be comfortable when we first put them on –  and throughout the day. That’s why Lucky & Me works very hard to develop sensory friendly clothing with the softest fabrics and trims, smoothest seams and tagless labels

Soft Fabrics

New product development at Lucky & Me starts with the softest fabrics. The cotton/modal fabric blends are extremely soft and have a touch of spandex to provide some give so that garments fit well, but not tightly.

Some styles are made with 100% organic cotton for those children who prefer the comfy feel of all-natural fabric.

Lucky & Me sets the highest quality standards. All fabrics are incredibly soft and free of any harmful chemicals.

Sensory Friendly Elastics and Laces

Lucky & Me uses the softest elastics and laces available to ensure all-day comfort. And the elastic is designed to prevent uncomfortable compression. No child wants to feel like their waistband or leg elastic is too tight. And scratchy lace on an undergarment is just the worst! Read more about elastic comfort in this blog post.


Have you ever had a shirt with a label that scratches? Maybe it’s the rough thread used to sew it on. Or it could be the edges are folded over and the corners are sharp. You feel that label all day long, and it can drive you crazy!

There are no fabric or paper labels in any Lucky & Me clothes– none! All of our labels are printed to ensure comfort. Read more about the Lucky & Me approach to labels here.

Sensory Comfort Seams

Seams are sewn with the fluffiest threads to ensure they are smooth and never scratchy. And they are sewn for maximum comfort.

Take a look at this gusset seam in a girls’ panty from a popular national brand. See how it’s loose and curling? And, the overlock style of stitch can cause irritation on soft, sensitive skin.

Lucky & Me’s gussets are sewn with a flat-seam construction style, which means that the gusset fabric is sewn down onto the panty fabric, and this makes the seam smooth and flat.  Check this out on the Days of the Week Underwear. There are no rough or curled edges to irritate or itch. See how smooth and comfortable this underwear looks? Your child will definitely be able to feel the difference!

The Gracie briefs are an especially comfortable option for kids with sensitive skin. Made from 100% Organic Cotton and Global Organic Textile Standard Certified, the fabric is natural, super soft–perfect for those with sensitivity.

Gracie Folk Floral Organic Cotton Briefs


It can be challenging to find the right sensory friendly garments for kids with sensitive skin. That’s why all of the basics from Lucky & Me are designed with care. 

Liz Smith has worked across the globe for many of the world’s major apparel brands, including Victoria’s Secret, Chico’s, Justice, and Hanes. She has earned thousands of airline points and worn out several suitcases visiting factories in more than 20 countries to ensure that production is of the highest standard. Liz has managed all aspects of garment production, from design through fabric development to sewing and merchandising– so she knows what it takes to make high-quality apparel. Liz is thrilled to share her knowledge about clothes to help discerning customers choose the finest products.


2 comments on “Why Do So Many Kids Have Sensitive Skin?

  1. Richard on

    I am looking for boys underware for my son with down syndrome. Clothes dont stay on because they are uncomfortable for him.

    • Liz Smith on

      Hi Richard,

      Thanks for your comment – and we sympathize with your efforts to find comfortable underwear for your son. Please try our Grayson 100% Organic Cotton Boys Boxer Briefs. They are designed to be super comfortable for even the most sensitive boy, with smooth flat-lock seams and tag free. We would love your feedback.


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