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The ladies' home journal
Vol. XX, No. 7 (June, 1903)

Coolidge, Emelyn Lincoln, M. D.
The young mother's calendar,   p. 39 PDF (1.1 MB)

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The Ladies' Home Journal for June 19go;
The Young Mother's Calendar
By Emelyn Lincoln Coolidge, M. D.
Ofthe Babies' tospital, New York City
In quirers mst gi7 e their nafinles and addresses. Correspondents inclosing
amps or addressed slanmped en lopes will be ansaered by mail.
' .  What to Do for the Baby Month by Month
The Sixth Month
THE average baby at
six months of age
weighs from fifteen
to sixteenpounds.  Dur-
ing the second half of his
fIrst year the baby will not
gain quite so much each
ek as he did during the
fnrst half. From two to
four ounces is generally
the amount gained every
weekat this time. Invery
hot weather the gain in
weight is less and may
cease entirely for a short
period.  The baby should
now   sleep  about two-
thirds of the time and
begin to shot' signs of increasing intelligence.
If mother, father or the nurse is called he will
frequently look at the person named and seem to
recognize him or her. As he is now in short clothes
he will greatly enjoy rolling about on a wide bed
and may even attempt to creep a little.
for Babies &lnvalids
"Imperial Granum contains
practically the same amount
of albuminoids or flesh form-
ing substances as mother's
milk. It is especially adapted
for the use of children after
weaning."- It overcomes in-
testinal disorders.                  tr'
Trial size 25 cts. at druggists or fronn
us. Sanple ith valuable book on
Care of Babies FREE.
Address John Carle & Sons, Dept. J.
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Depends on keeping its bottle cln nninside.
Price, 25 cents
made of two pieces, with rheNr washeretween, and held together
hy spring clamp-is the onnl one that can be taken apart and
thoroughly cleaned inside. Ask your drugist-or sect prepaid
n receitpt of 35 cents. Ask for booklet: " Baby's Bottle."
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WON'T FADEcolnnr, fading at rnnnning to.
eWON'T       FADE       t::.dShirts. Shitaists,
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age-enough for SUaists-to   THE CETACOLOR CO.
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IF POSSIBLE the baby should spend the summer
out of the city. The mountains or inland country
of moderately high elevation are to be preferred to
the seashore while the baby is so young. In select-
ing a summer home do not choose one near ponds or
stagnant water of any kind.
If the baby must be kept in the city take him to
the parks before nine or ten A. it. and between five
and seven P. jl,. The rest of the time he is better
oil in the house. When in the house let him spend
the hottest hours of the day on the bed, or on a
mattress or thick pad on the floor, and dressed in
his little shirt, band and diaper only.
Be sure to give the baby cool water that has been
boiled. He needs it now even more than in winter.
Give him about half an ounce between his meals.
Even in summer the baby should have clothing
which contains some wool. A mixture of silk and
wool.or cotton and wool, may be used for the band,
shirt and skirt. The band should never be left off.
In exceedingly hot weather the shirt may be
omitted, and the long ribbed band having shoulder
straps may be used in its place, but it is absolutely
necessary to keep the abdomen covered by means
of the band. The nightdress should now be of
cotton, and the flannel skirt may be left off at
night, bit the band and shirt should be worn.
Long white cotton stockings which can be pinned
to the napkin should be worn all summer.
K EEP the baby's head as cool as possible, and do
not ttse a hot sunbonnet, which shuts off all
air; muslin caps or light pique hats afford enough
shade if the baby has a carriage parasol.
If one expects to take a long sea voyage or travel
for any length of time on the cars where fresh milk
cannot be obtained it will be well to accustom the
child to taking either condensed milk or one of the
best prepared foods (which can be tmade with hot
water) before starting on the journey.  Begin to
do this two or three weeks before leaving home antd
give the baby a bottle or two a day of the food.
This is a good plan to follow even if the baby is
nursed by his mother.
M ILK that has been rapidly cooled and placed in
sterilized glass jars wtill keep from four to six
days if well packed in ice. Enough food for twent y-
four, or even forty-eight, hours may be prepared at
home if it is sterilized and packed in a little travel-
ing basket which contains a small compartment in
which to keep ice.
The formula often used for the sixth month is:
Six ounces of cream skimmed from the top of a
quart bottle of milk, ten ounces of milk poured off,
twenty-four ounces of barley or oatmeal gruel, four
teaspoonfuls of granulated or seven of milk sugar,
one-fourth of a teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda
and a pinch of salt.  This should be pasteurized.
cooled and given to the baby every three hours fron
seven A. Af. to ten P. M. From four to six onces
may be taken at one meal.
When an exceedingly hot day comes it is alwavs
wise to pour out one or even two ounces of the food
from each bottle, and substitute boiled water.
F THE baby is at all apt to vomit it will be best
during the hot weather to use only four or fine
ounces of cream, instead of si':, and make tip the
quantity with the gruel. 'Another good plan when
the baby has delicate digestive organs is to make
one treal a day, all through the very hot weather,
of mutton broth made in the following manner:
One poundof the neck of mutton cut up, one pint of
cold water and a pinch of salt. Cook very slonwly
for three or four hours until you have half a pint,
adding a little water if necessary from time to time;
then strain through muslin, and when cold remove
every particle of fat.  This broth may be added to
an equal quantity of barley-water and fed to a baby
just lukewarm through the nursing-bottle.
All these simple measures help to ward off the
dreaded' "summer complaint,'t and give the diges-
tive organs less work to do during the wNarnm iweather
and while the teeth are being cut.
THESE healthy twins show what
Eskay's Food has done for one
family. They are the children of
Benj. Severn, ex-Comptroller of
Schuylkill County, Penna., and
weighed 22 lbs. each at 6 months.
They are unusually bright and
active, as are all Eskay babies,
and do not know      what sickness is.
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Black, Bronn and Steel.  ard Boys' Hats.
Treatnient for "Surnm ter Conplaint "
SUMMER complaint," or summer diarrhea,
is very common in young children, but for-
tunately we now know how to handle the trouble
and the mortality is growing much less than it was
a few years ago. This disease is really a poisoning
which takes place through the digestive organs;
therefore the first thing to do in treating the trouble
is to rid the system of the irritating matter.
The young mother may safely do a great deal to
help her baby before the doctor arrives. As soon
as the diarrhcea begins give the baby a teaspoonful
of castor oil and stop all milk at once. Give him
barley-water or wheat gruel. alternating with mutton
broth and barley-water in equal parts. As the
child is losing a great deal of water through his
frequent thin passages he must be given all the
water possible in order to make tip the loss.
F THERE is much vomiting with the diarrhea
egg-water will often be retained much better than
trdinary water or indeed anything else. To make
egg-water, stir the white of one egg into a pint of
cold water, being careful to have them thoroughly
mixed; add a small pinch of salt and strain through
cheesecloth. If the baby is weak a teaspoonful of a
stimulant may be added to this. The baby may be
given one teaspoonful of this every half-hour, or if
he vomits all other food he may have front two to
three ounces of the egg-water every two hours. It
will not sustain life indefinitely but will often tide the
child over until he can bear more nourishing food.
When there is much fever or the passages contain
considerable mucus or blood it is well to irrigate
the bowels. If possiblathe doctor or trained nurse
should do this, at least the first time; hint if the
mother is too far away to obtain such help in time
she may do it herself.
W   H EN going any distance from stores in the sum-
mer with a family of young children the mother
should take with her a fountain syringe and a soft
rubber catheter, which will be found invaluable in
time of need. The fountain syringe should be filled
with water which has been boiled and cooled to a
temperature of 980 to 1000 Fahrenheit. Add one
teaspoonful of salt to the pint and hang or hold the
bag about three feet above the child.  The catheter
should be attached and oiled.  Place the child on
his back on a table covered with a pad and rubber
cloth, and have a basin close to the end of the table
and a little below it so that the water may run into
it. The child's legs should be bent at right angles
to his body and the catheter gently inserted about
two inches into the rectum; then turn on the water
and allow it to flow gradually into the intestines
and come out again on the side of the tube. The
catheter should be gently pushed up until it is.
nearly all in the intestines, but if it does not go in
readily no force should be used. After a quart of
water has been used leave the catheter in the intes-
tines, but detach it from the syringe and very gentl
knead the abdomen so that all the remaining water
will run out through the tube. When no more
water comes remove the tube gently.
When the baby is restless or has much fever fill
a basin with tepid water, add one tablespoonful of
alcohol and sponge his entire body with this.
Frequently the above treatment will be all that is
necessary to stop an attack of summer diarrhcea,
but sometimes bismuth and other drugs are needed
and should be ordered by a doctor.
Wlen the Baby Has Convulsions
W   HILE   convulsions in young children may
denote serious brain trouble the physician at
first suspects them to be caused by an overloaded
stomach or by some form of indigestion. Whatever
the cause the doctor should be summoned at once.
The mother should undress the baby, put him in
bed in a quiet room, and place an ice-bag to his head,
or wring cloths out in ice-water, placing one on the
child's head, and changing them often enough to
keep them very cold. The child's feet should be
kept warm by means of a hot-water bag. If the
doctor cannot come at once a mustard footbath
should be given the child while he is still in bed.
Use two tablespoonfuls of mustard to a gallon of
water, and keep the child's legs and feet covered
with the water until they are red. Have plenty of hot
water ready so that a bath may be given if ordered
by the doctor. If the child can swallow give him
a teaspoonful of castor oil; and if the convulsions
continue irrigate the bowels as soon as possible.
Prickly Heat is Quite Commsiosn
T HIS is a skin trouble well known to most
mothers.  Babies who are dressed too warmly
or who do not have frequent cooling sponge baths
are especially apt to have it. When there is much
prickly heat on the child's body a thin cotton or
linen shirt should be worn next the skin, then the
band and a gauze shirt; this will allay the itching.
Give frequent cool sponges of water and bicarbonate
of soda, or a little vinegar may be added to the
tepid water and the child bathed with that. Bran
baths and starch baths are also excellent. After
the bath dust a powder, composed of starch and
talcum equal parts, and one-fourth as much boric
acid, all thoroughly mixed together, over the child's
body. This may be used several times a day and
will help to make the baby more comfortable.
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What to Do When the Baby is Sick
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