The clothes we put on our children must be safe. One of the greatest potential risks to children's safety is posed by the presence of small parts, often included in decorative trims, if not firmly attached to the garment, small parts could be removed by children and accidentally swallowed, creating a choking hazard.

Drawstrings, another common component of some clothing, may present a risk of strangulation, in particular when on a garment in the vicinity of the head and neck. If present, drawstrings must be very short in order not to risk getting tangled with other objects with which the child interacts.

Perhaps less obvious, but no less important, is the chemical assessment of children's clothing. This is because chemicals can be absorbed by the body in a variety of ways.

Remember
  • danger of choking: NO to small parts
  • danger of strangulation: NO to hazardous chords and drawstrings
  • possible adverse health effects, carcinogenic or otherwise: NO to certain carcinogenic dyes and certain heavy metals
  • possible allergic reactions in case of contact with the skin: NO to certain carcinogenic dyes, certain phthalates, formaldehyde and certain heavy metals
  • possible sensitising effects: NO to certain allergenic dyes
  • possible dermatitis: NO to certain allergenic dyes
  • possible itching: NO to certain allergenic dyes
  • possible reddening of the skin: NO to certain allergenic dyes
  • possible irritation of the skin: NO to certain heavy metals and formaldehyde
  • possible harmful effects on the reproductive system: NO to certain phthalates
  • possible liver and kidney damage: NO to certain phthalates
  • possible damage to the central nervous system: NO to certain heavy metals