If you have children that suffer from asthma and allergies, have you considered wool? Wool is a safe, natural and renewable fibre that is also hypoallergenic - ‘unlikely to cause allergic reaction’. Despite the common misconception that wool is an allergen, evidence suggests the opposite. Wool, nature’s miracle fibre has the ability to absorb moisture and wick it away to evaporate. This dry environment provides an uninviting habitat for bacteria, dust mites and other little nasties.
Many people with horrid childhood memories of scratchy scarves and jumpers consider wool to be an ‘itchy’ fibre. Today, with increased knowledge and improved breeding programs, manufacturers are using high micron, fine wool to produce clothing that is soft and gentle on the skin. These garments are perfect for the sensitive skin of children and babies, even those with eczema or dermatitis.
Overheating leads to perspiration, with the combination of heat and moisture further aggravating skin conditions. Wool works to keep the skin dry and at a constant temperature, drawing any moisture away from the body and allowing it to evaporate into the atmosphere. Australian studies, conducted in Melbourne and Brisbane, show a decrease in eczema symptoms and suggest therapeutic benefits for sufferers when using fine wool garments.
Similarly, many asthma sufferers have avoided wool believing that loose fibres may trigger an attack. As wool fibres are strong and durable, this is an unlikely scenario. Choosing wool bedding for your babies and children will see your little ones sleep uninterrupted for longer periods and may assist with their asthma symptoms by minimising the colonisation of a common trigger.
Dust mites, a renowned cause of asthma and allergies, favour warm, moist locations to colonise. Household furniture, especially beds, offer ideal conditions including an abundant food source for these pests. Wool is too dry for dust mites, providing an unhospitable environment for breeding, minimising their opportunities to reproduce and create issues.
If your little treasures suffer asthma or allergies, consider the fabulous range of woollen products available from MiniJumbuk. Made in Australia from Australian wool, we have created the La La bedding range especially for babies and the Dreamers range for children. MiniJumbuk also offers a selection of the finest wool sleep wear from the Woolerina range.