Son wont wear shirts

My 7 year old son refuses to wear his school polos with out a t-shirt. At the start of the school year it was fine. Now it takes us hours to get dressed in the morning. He says the shirts feel itchy and tingle. The one I buy are extra soft tagless Hanes t-shirts. I have tried all sizes. Is there anything I can do to make him feel comfortable. Its emotionally wearing on both of us.

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Aug 05, 2011
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Why not both?
by: Anonymous

Why can't he wear a normal shirt he likes the feel of under his polo? Yes it's more laundry but he won't feel the polo except at the collar and maybe the edges of he sleeves. Many people do this anyway and from the perspective of someone who has a similar problem, not all things can be fixed, sometimes you have to negotiate. DO take him clothes shopping. I never understood why not everyone did this, clothing is very personal and while he may be upset he didn't get the shirt you weren't shopping for that he liked he will get to pick the least bothersome of what you were looking at.

Jul 20, 2011
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Thank you
by: Anonymous

Great Feedback thank you so much..currently we are seeing an O.T and brush therapy seems to be working . Also very tight t shirts ( like the champion swim style t's at Target) work well. He likes to wear his undershirt very tight we think to stop the shifting of the fabric.... ongoing process and all feedback is much appreciated! thank you its good to know were not the only ones out there

Jul 20, 2011
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Child that refuses to wear certain clothes
by: Anonymous

My friend has a child with a similar issue. Her brilliant idea is to get her child dressed the night before- because otherwise he will throw a two hour fit and miss the bus in the morning. Not a perfect solution, but it helps mornings.
Does your child HAVE to wear polos? They can be scratchy-I have to say I can see that. I would investigate if he has to wear them if you can find any in a different fabric (sometimes Old Navy and other stores have polos made of a t-shirt like material called jersey knit-much softer).

It is really important that you believe him and not just think he is doing this to be defiant. It can be very distracting which means he is having trouble paying attention in school. I had TONS of issues with my own son and socks and jeans (he would cut holes in brand new socks because of the stitching, and I would go crazy because I had limited means to buy them in the first place). Now that I understand that these things were almost painful to him, I feel terrible for being so hard on him. (He was later diagnosed with Asperger's). I had him come shopping with me. He picked out socks he would wear and when he would actually wear them, I bought a ton. Now we only have issues when we have to buy new shoes (buy the next size right away if you know they are a good pair because they change styles every couple of months) and in a new season. Switching from shorts to pants and back again is always an issue and takes extra patience. Otherwise, I have it down to a science (at first it was trial and error though) and the older he gets he can explain why he doesn't like something. Once you find some shirts he WILL wear, buy a ton. It is worth the extra money/time in the long run to get him what feels good-you will all be much happier! If you can't find a shirt that works, I would talk to the school. A lot of people say OT works and I would like to try it too. But I really think the jersey knit will solve your problem! Good luck and hang in there!

Karin

I saw these and they might be what you are looking for. You don't want "pique":
I think these are jersey knit: http://www.landsend.com/pp/ShortSleevePerformanceInterlockPolo~128201_7.html?bcc=y&action=order_more&sku_0=::AH3&CM_MERCH=IDX_Boys-_-Tops-_-TshirtsKnitTops-_-BuyMoreSaveMore&origin=index

Apr 05, 2011
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by: Anonymous

I think maybe if you took him shopping with you and allowed him to try on shirts maybe he could find one that doesn't bother him. I do not know if it works for that, but we have been using brush therapy on our son... maybe that would help?? Talk to his doctors, they should be able to help! :)

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