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By Thomas Bull, M.D.

Physician Accoucheur To The Finsbury Midwifery

Institution, And Lecturer On Midwifery,

And On The Diseases Of Women

And Children;

Author Of "Hints To Mothers On The

Management Of Their Health."



This little book has been written for the young and inexperienced mother. It is intended to furnish her with that information which the experience and observation of some years convince the author, young mothers, almost without any exception, do not possess; and yet, from ignorance of which, the constitution of many an infant has received irretrievable injury, and life itself but too frequently fallen a sacrifice.

In the first chapters, devoted to the general management of the child in health, the author has endeavoured to teach the young mother, that the prevention of disease is her province, not its cure; that to this object all her best efforts must be directed; and, moreover, that to tamper with medicine, when disease has actually commenced, is to hazard the life of her offspring.

In the fourth chapter it has been attempted to point out, how the first symptoms of disease may be early detected by the parent. The subject has been felt to be a difficult one, and to give particular directions quite out of the question; but it is hoped that the suggestions thrown out will, in some measure, answer the purpose intended. On the advantage of an early and prompt application of remedies in the diseases of childhood, generally so active in their progress and severe in their character, it is unnecessary to offer any observation.

The latter part of the work, consisting of the maternal management of disease, the author regards as a subject of high and serious moment. Small as is the attention which has been hitherto paid to it, yet, in the diseases of infancy and childhood, how invaluable is a careful and judicious maternal superintendence to give effect to the measures prescribed by the physician.

The author has endeavoured to arrange the contents of the work in a manner which shall be most easily understood and readily available; and he now publishes it with the desire to supply, in some degree, a deficiency in this important department of knowledge.

Finsbury Place, June, 1840.


Chapter I.


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I. On the Dietetics of Infancy 2

1. Maternal Nursing 3

Plan of Suckling 3

Deficiency of Milk 11

The injurious Effects to Mother and Infant of undue and protracted Suckling 15

Mothers who ought never to suckle 20

2. Wet nurse Suckling 27

Choice of a Wet nurse 28

Diet and Regimen of a Wet nurse 31

3. Artificial Feeding, (bringing up by hand) 34

The Kind of artificial Food before the sixth Month 35

The Kind of artificial Food after the sixth Month to the completion of first Dentition 44

The Kind of artificial Food most suitable under the different Complaints to which Infants are liable 48

II. Weaning 51

The Time when 51

The Mode 52

The drying up of the Mother's Milk 54

III. On the Dietetics of Childhood 54

General Directions, and of animal Food 55

Sugar 60

Salt 61

Fruits 62

Water 63

Wine, Beer, and Spirits 63

IV. Sleep 66

During Infancy 66

During Childhood 69

V. Bathing and Cleanliness 72

During Infancy 72

During Childhood 75

VI. Clothing 78

During Infancy 78

During Childhood 81

VII. Air and Exercise 83

In Infancy 83

In Childhood 89

Chap. II.


I. Aperient Medicine 97

Castor Oil 99

Manna 101

Magnesia and Rhubarb 102

The Lavement 105

The Aperient Liniment 107

II. Calomel 107

III. Opiates 110

IV. Leeching 113

V. Blisters and Poultices 114

VI. Baths 117

The Cold water Plunge Bath 118

Sea Bathing 120

The Shower Bath 123

Ablution, or Sponging 125

The Warm Bath 188

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