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Advice to a Mother on the Management of Her Children   By: (1810-1879)

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ADVICE TO A MOTHER

ON THE MANAGEMENT OF HER CHILDREN AND ON THE TREATMENT ON THE MOMENT OF SOME OF THEIR MORE PRESSING ILLNESSES AND ACCIDENTS

BY

PYE HENRY CHAVASSE,

FELLOW OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS OF ENGLAND, FELLOW OF THE OBSTETRICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON, FORMERLY PRESIDENT OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE MEDICO CHIRURGICAL SOCIETY, BIRMINGHAM.

"Lo, children and the fruit of the womb are an heritage and gift that cometh of the Lord."

PREFACE.

This Book has been translated into French, into German, into Polish, and into Tamil (one of the languages of India); it has been extensively published in America; and is well known wherever the English language is spoken.

The Twelfth Edition consisting of twenty thousand copies being exhausted in less than three years, the THIRTEENTH EDITION is now published.

One or two fresh questions have been asked and answered, and two or three new paragraphs have I been added.

PYE HENRY CHAVASSE.

214, HAGLEY ROAD, EDGBASTON, BIRMINGHAM, June , 1878.

CONTENTS.

PART I INFANCY.

PRELIMINARY CONVERSATION ABLUTION MANAGEMENT OF THE NAVEL NAVEL RUPTURE GROIN RUPTURE CLOTHING DIET VACCINATION AND RE VACCINATION DENTITION EXERCISE SLEEP THE BLADDER AND THE BOWELS AILMENTS, DISEASE, ETC. CONCLUDING REMARKS ON INFANCY

PART II CHILDHOOD

ABLUTION CLOTHING DIET THE NURSERY EXERCISE AMUSEMENTS EDUCATION SLEEP SECOND DENTITION DISEASE, ETC. WARM BATHS WARM EXTERNAL APPLICATIONS ACCIDENTS

PART III BOYHOOD AND GIRLHOOD

ABLUTION, ETC. MANAGEMENT OF THE HAIR CLOTHING DIET AIR AND EXERCISE AMUSEMENTS EDUCATION HOUSEHOLD WORK FOR GIRLS CHOICE OF PROFESSION OR TRADE SLEEP ON THE TEETH AND GUMS PREVENTION OF DISEASE, ETC. CONCLUDING REMARKS INDEX

ADVICE TO A MOTHER.

PART I. INFANCY

Infant and suckling. I. SAMUEL A rose with all its sweetest leaves yet folded. BYRON. Man's breathing Miniature! COLERIDGE.

PRELIMINARY CONVERSATION

1. I wish to consult you on many subjects appertaining to the management and the care of children; will you favour me with your advice and counsel ?

I shall be happy to accede to your request, and to give you the fruits of my experience in the clearest manner I am able, and in the simplest language I can command freed from all technicalities. I will endeavour to guide you in the management of the health of your offspring; I will describe to you the symptoms of the diseases of children; I will warn you of approaching danger, in order that you may promptly apply for medical assistance before disease has gained too firm a footing; I will give you the treatment on the moment; of some of their more pressing illnesses when medical aid cannot at once be procured, and where delay may be death; I will instruct you, in case of accidents, on the immediate employment of remedies where procrastination may be dangerous; I will tell you how a sick child should be nursed, and how a sick room ought to be managed; I I will use my best energy to banish injurious practices from the nursery; I will treat of the means to prevent disease where it be possible; I will show you the way to preserve the health of the healthy, and how to strengthen the delicate; and will strive to make a medical man's task more agreeable to himself, and more beneficial to his patient, by dispelling errors and prejudices, and by proving the importance of your strictly adhering to his rules. If I can accomplish any of these objects, I shall be amply repaid by the pleasing satisfaction that I have been of some little service to the rising generation.

2. Then you consider it important that I should be made acquainted with, and be well informed upon, the subjects you have just named ?

Certainly! I deem it to be your imperative duty to study the subjects well. The proper management of children is a vital question, a mother's question, and the most important that can be brought under the consideration of a parent; and, strange to say, it is one that has been more neglected than any other... Continue reading book >>




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