Cotton duvets seem to help itching

If you buy a new duvet, you can use the box as a boat!

For a child with eczema, like MyItchyBoy, having the right bedding is key to a good night’s sleep.  Tiredness makes an already itchy child more itchy and tired, grumpy parents will find coping with the of eczema harder than usual.

So, this is what I’ve learned (the hard way!) about bedding for eczema over the past few months:

1. Cotton sheets are an obvious one.  However, the brushed cotton sheets that I thought might be cosy and soft, bobbled up in the wash.  These small bobbles were enough to irritate MyItchyBoy’s skin. So, I replaced these with normal cotton sheets

2. Non-PVC Mattress Protectors are the best choice, but I found that they still seem to make MyItchyBoy itchy.  I now put one of the aforementioned defunct brushed cotton sheets over the mattress protector before the normal top cotton sheet, which helps a lot.  It does mean three layers have to come off if there is an accident in the night though

3. Pillows are filled with either: feathers or polyester.  Along with the food allergies, intolerances and eczema, MyItchyBoy also has inhalers for mild asthma symptoms.  For this reason, I have avoided feathers.  That leaves polyester.  Polyester irritates MyItchyBoy’s eczema.  I have managed to track down a .  Fingers crossed this will stop MyItchyBoy raking his head most nights.  This is still new, but seems to be good so far

4. Duvets are either filled with feathers or polyester.  It doesn’t matter what other names they call it, if it isn’t feathers, then it is polyester it seems.  When we originally bought MyItchyBoy’s duvet, we bought an anti-allergy one.  It is good quality and wasn’t cheap.  Months later, I have realised that my natural pull towards and reliance upon ‘anti-allergy’ labels means that I didn’t really think it through.  Eczema is not an allergy.  Although even endorses some duvets and pillows, there is no reason that these products would be any good for MyItchyBoy’s skin.  When looking to replace his duvet (this was last on my list due to cost), I only found one in store that mentioned being good for eczema.  This is filled with silk, and although out of our price range, can be found .  Instead, we opted for the Marks and Spencer range of .  They have cotton cases and are filled with cotton.  So far, this has had a big impact.  MyItchyBoy still doesn’t sleep well but he is waking less frequently for cream and the itching is not as desperate and intense.  I wish I had made this change earlier and shall now make sure I don’t choose ‘anti allergy’ as a default but remember to separate out his allergies from his eczema.

We are still all suffering from MyItchyBoy waking up every night at some point.  The chunks of sleep in between are getting longer, however, and I haven’t heard ‘I want to tear the skin off my legs!’ for a while.  For that alone, all the bedding changes have been worth it.



My son has atopic eczema and he reacts badly to dairy, soya and we are slowly working towards him eating eggs again. He's had a mild anaphylactic reaction to peanuts and has regular flare-ups to random things that we rarely manage to pinpoint. I started the blog to share my experiences and frustrations of having an itchy boy.

10 Responses to Eczema friendly bedding: What I’ve learned so far

  1. Chris Steeples

    Just read your blog. I might be able to help but don’t want to abuse this space with advertising. Please me. Details on a tweet.

  2. Janet Janet

    Hi. There’s a very nice silk-and-cotton duvet at EczemaBestBuys. It might be what you’re looking for as it suits those with eczema who want natural rather than synthetic bedding. All the best, Janet

  3. ashley

    Have you tried a wool filled comforter? Like from PureRest? They are also covered in organic cotton. And a natural latex mattress?

  4. Jen

    Thank you so much for this. It explains why my son will furiously scratch his head and why he wakes up early and starts his day off scratching. I never even considered his bedding being a trigger

  5. talkhealth talkhealth

    Jen – we are pleased you have found this article useful. You might also want to consider what you use to wash your bedding and clothing too as certain laundry products can cause irritation too.

    • Jen

      Thanks! Detergent was actually the first thing I did. I only wash his clothes in dawn dishsoap now. He slept great on the cotton bedding last night. Didn’t toss and turn, moan in his sleep, or wake up scratching himself raw

  6. Michelle

    That’s a great article, thanks so much! I’d add some sort of mittens. I use CalmMitts and they’ve been such a great help. Anything that works! Any specific brand for the soap?

  7. Lana Neilson

    I have read that silk sheets and pillows help with eczema.

  8. Lindsey

    Great advice on bedding. I love the feel of clean , fresh cotton sheets on my eczema. The worst thing you can do if you suffer from eczema is to be too hot at night. No thick duvets they just make you itch more.

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