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sorry for yet another fleece question but is it possible to be allergic to a certain fleece (like microfleece) rather than another (like hemp fleece)? is there a difference in fleece material? do you think fleece blends may help in reducing reactions?

here is my thinking - my fb caused a terrible reaction but my liz's cloth aio, angelwrap aio or luke's drawer aio didn't.

i think i am going to experiment on poor ds one noncpf a day and closely monitor his bum. i need to get to the "bottom" of this!


1:00am & quite witty - not bad
 

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Fleece is NOT a fabric content description, it is a FINISH description. Fleece can be made out of ANY fabric content, it is just the description of the way it feels/finish. Example, your favorite sweatshirt is fleece (one sided, it is soft on the inside, or was when you first got it), it is most likely 100% cotton fleece or cotton/poly fleece.

Now you have hemp fleece, which is JUST like sweatshirt fleece (one sided, meaning knit on one side, soft and fuzzy on the other) it absorbs liquid and feels wet, because it is cotton and hemp, even though the finish is fleece, it is no different for wetness than jersey (t-shirt material) or terry (looped like a towel), it is just fuzzy for a while, but does get matted/pilly like the inside of any cotton sweatshirt would.

Now when your talking about wicking moisture away and stay dry stuff is HAS to be 100% poly fleece, the only reason this works is because poly is NOT absorbant, it does not hold in ANY liquid at all, because essentially it is plastic (like someone else said a lot is made from recycled soda bottles, they don't absorb either
) but it is made fine into threads and spun and milled to be soft and fleece like, the reason it feels dry is because moisture goes through it to the absorbant material below and there is very little surface area touching baby (because it isn't 'flat' like a knit, it is fluffy and less threads are actually in contact with baby, also why it feels wet if you push down on it (more surface area touching, hence more wet felt -also having to do with how soaked the layers under it are)

Now you can get 100% poly fabrics that will also do the 'stay dry' effect that are NOT fleece, like a 'velour' finish or a 'chamois' finish or 'berber' (like lambs wool) on the 100% poly stuff, they still call it 'fleece' for ease of use but tech it isn't really fleece. (check out the MM Site you will see the other 'finishes')

As for allergies, if your child isn't allergic to poly (or plastic) then they won't be allergic to 100% poly fleece, however sometimes a reaction is mistaken for an allergy and it is more dependant on the soap used to wash the poly and not the actual poly it self. Now remember poly doesn't absorb anything so anything it is exposed to will be on TOP of the surface and in direct contact with the skin (as opposed to hemp/cotton or cotton where it is absorbed, and dried out, hence more dulited) not to mention anything is also compounded by 1.) being wet, and 2.) the chemical properties in urine. So an allergy may present and yet it isn't really the poly 'fleece' they are allergic too, but a sensitivity to the combo of soap/urine and or other chemical used to wash/or sometimes produce poly fleece. A TRUE allergy to fleece would be a LOT more serious than having to use non fleece diapers, the person would be seriously allergic to a lot of types of plastics and fillers (like pop bottles) depending on what part of the compound they are reacting too. Most kids that show rash/allergies to the fleece are problably reacting to something that is in combo with the fleece on their skin not the fleece itself.

WOW that is long, I hope it helped a little, LOL ~
 

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Marnie~
Even though I'm not the original poster, I just want to thank you for your awesome post! Great information - thanks for sharing!!
Your welcome! Anytime! I did my fabric homework when I was thinking about getting into the diapermaking business.
 
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