Comfortable underwear

Any suggestions? My son cannot tolerate the elastic in his underwear.


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Often, our SPD kiddos can not tolerate different types of clothing due to tactile defensiveness. If this is the case for your son, first, I advise he be seen by an OT for evaluation and treatment (if he isn't already). Tactile defensiveness can be treated in several ways. One of the most successful methods is through the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol. Talk to your son's OT regarding this.

Anyway... in the meantime, there are more comfortable options than the traditional underwear whose waistband can be uncomfortable. The words you will search for will be any of the following...

  • Comfortsoft

  • Tagless

  • Seamless

  • Compression


  • More comfortable waistbands will be important. And, a compression shirt (tucked into the underwear, with underwear waistband over it) or compression shorts may help too. Make sure to talk to your OT about these and monitor his reaction to them.

    I have put together a "store" for you of the various boys underwear and compression shorts/shirts that may be helpful. You can check it out here...

    SPD Kids Underwear (boys)

    I hope this helps!

    Anyone else have luck with a particular brand of underwear for boys in which the waistband is more comfortable? Let us know!


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    Jul 30, 2014
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    The Best Underwear for SPD
    by: Anonymous

    I would suggest you look for Men/Boys at the Bikini Style/Low Rise/Sports Briefs. They are very comfortable and come in cool colors.

    What you have to remember is this underwear is designed for sports.

    I love wearing this style of Underwear and I remember in high school most teens were wearing Boxers but my friends liked my underwear style and switched.

    Even today my friends say how cool these styles of underwear are and how comfortable they are.

    Jun 17, 2014
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    Doesn't wear any
    by: Anonymous

    My son hasn't worn underwear in 4 years since he stopped using a diaper at 3. He only wears knit pants and gets along just fine without. I used to push it, but just gave up.

    Every year I buy them for him, but he just never wears them. Then we pass them to his cousin the following year.

    There are plenty of grown men who don't wear underwear, or who wear boxers for the looseness. I figure it's his choice and no big deal.

    However, we are having trouble finding knit pants in larger sizes.

    Feb 02, 2014
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    Boys underwear
    by: Anonymous

    The adidas sport performance underwear from kohl have been working very well for us for the last year! In fact they are the only option for my 8 year old son so I am very grateful we found them.

    Feb 02, 2014
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    Boxer briefs
    by: Anonymous

    Lucky & Me is another brand that is worthwhile to check. Their products are made with cotton modal or bamboo rayon which gives a soft and smooth hand feel. Check this blog as well:

    http://www.luckyandme.com/moms-perspective-interview-cristina/

    Jan 18, 2013
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    CONSTANTLY ADJUSTING HIS PRIVATES
    by: Anonymous

    my seven year old is also constantly adjusting himself, in school it is becoming a problem and I don't want the kids to start teasing him. We have tried all kinds , they are not snug enough, today we are trying "sports performance" snug boxer style from Kohl's. I will let you know if we have any success. I have also thought about a jock strap but they look very uncomfortable. Does anyone have any ideas on how to keep the privates snug and in place ?

    Jan 04, 2013
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    boxer briefs
    by: Anonymous

    maybe one size too small boxer briefs? Hanes is the best brand for me I've found

    Nov 21, 2012
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    Sensory issue w/underwear, not tight enough for son
    by: Anonymous

    Hi,
    My son who is 6, is constantly adjusting himself in the front. He does not seem to have any problem with the elastic or tags in underwear, but it seems that they are not tight enough in the front for him.

    We've tried compression underwear which felt too tight for him all over, and boxer briefs which just drove him crazy.

    I was thinking of trying a jock strap. Any thoughts or better ideas?

    Nov 10, 2011
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    help with underwear
    by: Anonymous

    My 6 year old daughter with sensory processing disorder is having a HUGE problem with underwear. She wants the underwear to be very tight and stay up and complains that the seams are itchy. I have spent a fortune on underwear, and so far nothing is working. she is having daily tantrums about getting dressed and does not want to go without wearing underwear. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks so much.

    Oct 26, 2011
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    seamless and no elastic underwear
    by: Anonymous

    We've finally had success with SmartKnitKIDS Undies! Their socks were a complete life-saver for our morning melt-downs and now they have underwear that help even more!

    Jul 28, 2011
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    SPD solution
    by: Anonymous

    My bf cannot stand anything tight round his waist, but when we first got together I did not realise, as he was too embarrassed to tell me. I noticed he was always readjusting and hitching his underwear and his jeans,which seemed a size too big, so I bought him a belt which he never wore. When I asked him why, he very reluctantly had to tell me. The next day I bought him a pair of clip-on elastic braces, which he really appreciated, but was still too shy to wear in public. It took a great deal of persuading that I loved him for who he was, and not what he looked like, although he does look very sexy when he dresses casual and unshaven!

    Jan 13, 2011
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    Old fashioned style is the solution
    by: Anonymous

    Believe me guys, the only solution is to go with the loose underpants and pants held up by clip-on suspenders. My mates did rib me at first, but they are now understanding, and I can get on with my life!

    Oct 20, 2010
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    Velcro/Tabbed Panties
    by: Carmen/Gabby

    My daughter, Gabby, wears a leg brace from her hips (in the form of a belt) and is attached to her shoes. She needs to wear these braces to be mobile. We are currently working on potty training with a regular underwear supported by a diaper on the exterior. The problem is while she is wearing her braces, having to remove her wear underwear, diaper and pants has become a regular problem if they become soiled. I am trying to find regular underwear which can be fastened on either side like a diaper but independent so it can be easily removed without having to take her shoes and pants off every time to change her underwear. Suggestions are welcome. Thanks.

    Oct 02, 2010
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    Braces are the best solution
    by: Anonymous

    I have suffered from SPD all my life, but now at 19 I have gained the confidence to try men's elastic braces. I use the clip-on ones so I can clip both my boxers and my jeans in them. This way I can wear both my underpants and my pants very loose but not have to keep hitching them up. My Grandad tells me that when he was my age all guys wore clothes this way as there was no elastic in men's knickers. Try it, it really is comfortable.

    Aug 04, 2010
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    Braces are the solution to SPD
    by: Anonymous

    My son (now aged 19) has suffered from SPD for a number of years, and is always happier in colder weather when he can hide his braces (suspenders in USA)under a woolie or coat. He always wears his underpants and jeans 1 or 2 sizes too big to counteract the SPD, but gets fed up with hitching them up constantly in the summer when he is too self-conscious to wear his braces.

    Aug 03, 2010
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    best solution
    by: Anonymous

    I am 17, and find all clothing around my waist, both jeans and underpants uncomfortable, so wear them loose and keep them up with braces. After the initial shock and comments from friends they soon move on to other topics, but I do wish they would understand my problem and my solution to it.

    Jun 06, 2010
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    uncomfortable underpants
    by: Anonymous

    I am 17 and still have problems with the elastic on all of my underpants. However, if I am just wearing a shirt, I tuck it inside my underpants, which by necessity are oversized, and them I can hitch them up with my jeans. If this becomes tiresome, as it does, the I suggest a pair of suspenders (braces for my english cousins), into which I can clip both my drawers and my pants. My Grandad gave me this tip, and it really does work.

    May 09, 2010
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    Super Comfortable Underwear for Women and Girls
    by: Anonymous

    I just discovered women's underwear and girls underwear that meet the special needs of those that struggle with tactile defensiveness. These underwear are made with bamboo and they cost a little more than other types of underwear but the are super, super soft and anti-bacterial. They breathe well too due to the bamboo. I purchased some for myself and my daughter and these are the only one's both of us will wear now. The kids brand is called Esme underwear and the women's brand is called Cosabella underwear from the women's Cosabella smooth activewear collection. I purchased both from an online store called Trendy Treasures Online. Here is the link: www.trendytreasurseonline.com


    Sep 18, 2009
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    Comfortable Underwear for girls
    by: Anonymous

    I am a Special Education teacher and had a daughter with SPED needs. I highly recommend Esme underwear for girls with the need to wear comfortable, cute and quality underwear. These are the only of it's kind and I swear they are worth every penny. I was able to find them online at www.trendytreasuresonline.com

    Again, they were worth every spent and my daughter absolutely loves them because they meet her needs.

    Sep 06, 2009
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    Girls underwear
    by: Aintanant

    I would love to see a link like the one above for girls underwear.

    Aug 25, 2009
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    underwear
    by: Anonymous

    My son has the same problem. Starting at age four he complained that his underwear hurt. I tried every kind I could find in just about every size. I finally just let him go with out. He is six years old know and is starting to be able to tolerate it most day. Great news except that now he says he can not wear any shoes that have a back on them. Thank goodness for crocks!

    Aug 19, 2009
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    Undies
    by: Lex

    I was told by our occupational therapist to try clothes made of bamboo. You can get sheets, socks, shirts...I'm sure there have got to be some underwear out there. Hope this helps. my son loves the bed sheets and socks. (He's 4)

    Aug 17, 2009
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    how old?
    by: mo2g

    I don't know if this would help, but I have heard of some boys being more comfortable in plain white girl's underwear. If he's small enough it might not matter that they are girl's. Or maybe he can go w/out? Also have you tried loose cotton shorts that he could use as underwear under his pants?

    Aug 16, 2009
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    comfortable underwear for boys/girls
    by: fish

    Hi, this is Fish from Michigan.

    There is a new store opening for our children who have tactile defensiveness / problems with clothing.

    The store is called Soft Clothing: info@softclothing.net or softclothing.net
    they are running a special for shipping and handling.


    Does anyone know of anyone who has a blue Aerial disney panties size 8, 10 12 We are looking for them. Our daughter will only wear the blue aerial panties. If they are used, new please email.
    Thank you
    Fish

    Aug 13, 2009
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    The Best Comfortable Underwear Ever
    by: Anonymous

    For all of you who have a need for your kids to wear comfortable underwear I guarantee your girls will wear these underwear. They are super super soft, comfortable, they breathe and they wash great too. They truly last longer than your child will need to wear them. No joke. My daughter who is now 5 wore one pair and she has never wanted to wear any other kind of underwear. I get them from an online store that I swear by. See Esme Underwear at: www.trendytreasuresonline.com

    DW

    Oct 17, 2008
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    Loose Fitting or Next Size Undies
    by: Anonymous

    My 4 year old son was diagnosed with SPD last year and we have been taking him to OT once a week. He prefers to wear the larger or next size underwear even though they look pretty loose on him. I hope this helps!

    Jan 29, 2008
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    Comfortable women's underwear?
    by: Seratonin

    I'm 26 and have never been able to wear underwear or bras. I've always thought I was a freak. It really stinks. If anyone knows any resources for adults let me know.

    Jan 03, 2008
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    underwear idea
    by: T M

    My daughters all struggle with most underwear. Our best discovery was Hanna Andersson underwear. They are almost all tagless, if not, the tag is not uncomfortable and the seams and elastic are soft and non binding. Several friends with boys with similar issues tried the Hanna Andersson brands and have had no more issues.

    They are more expensive but are worth it and more durable than most brands. Boys have a ton of neat types available too.

    Hope this helps

    Nov 14, 2007
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    SPD Girls Underwear
    by: Anonymous

    My daughter only likes the girls boxers made by petite bateau - the newer forms of the girls boxers by other manufacturers (Limited 2, Macy's) are too tight and legs too short. Now that she is outgrowing her size 12 girls (last size made by Petite bateau) - I can't find replacements - does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you so much!! The only links I can find are for boys underwear.

    Oct 24, 2007
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    Underwear problem
    by: Anonymous

    My son has the same problem and I highly recomend the tagless Hanes. I found them at K-Mart for the same price as on this site, so if I were you I would buy them because the briefs are hard to find. If he likes boxers they are easy to find.

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