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January 1930

AN INVESTIGATION OF SOME OF THE FABRICS USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF UNDERCLOTHING

Author Affiliations

TORONTO, CANADA
From the Laboratories and Wards of the Sub-Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto and of the Hospital for Sick Children.

Am J Dis Child. 1930;39(1):9-17. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01930130021002
Abstract

In 1926, Faber and Haddon published some interesting results on investigation of relative value and advantages of the various fabrics used in infants' underclothing. In the present paper are reported the results of a study of the different properties of the various fabrics used in the manufacture of infants' underclothing and diapers. The following points are considered:

  1. Power of heat retention.

  2. Moisture absorption and loss.

  3. Porosity.

  4. Skin irritation and allergy.

  5. Cleansing strength and durability.

  6. Relative cost.

The materials were all obtained direct from the manufacturer, being made up especially for this investigation. They were fabricated uniformly, and the raw material used in the manufacture was definitely known. The fabrics studied were various woolens, wool and cotton combined, cottons and rayon. The diaper materials were canton flannel, flannelet, bird's eye and knitted diapers.

The thread of yarn that is the basis of all these fabrics

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