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Concerned parents take kids to hospital

THE scare involving tainted school uniforms has driven some parents to take their children to hospitals, which say the parents expressed worries about cancer-linked dyes, especially after finding a rash on their child's skin.

Experts said parents needn't panic. They suggested parents buy all-cotton clothing for their children and wash new clothes before they wear them.

Officials from Shanghai Time Plastic Surgery Hospital said a mother took her four-year-old son to the hospital yesterday after finding a rash on his neck.

"She said her son wears a uniform in kindergarten and was anxious that the skin problem was related with the uniform after learning about the scandal," said Lin Li'ai, a hospital official. "Our experts checked the boy and found it was eczema, which was caused by sweat."

Experts said children's skin is more sensitive than adults so children are likely to suffer eczema when sweat is absorbed by clothes. Also, some children are allergic to certain fabrics.

Doctors said children often wear turtle-neck clothes in winter. So it is important to clean the sweat and change clothes frequently to avoid skin problem.

"Even though it is a rash and eczema, it is important to go to hospital instead of buying medicines randomly," Lin said.

Shanghai education and quality officials are investigating after school uniforms from a local garment company were found to contain toxic dye.


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