The Care and Feeding of Children eBook

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V. When symptoms of indigestion occur, the food is not reduced rapidly enough.  Indigestion usually means that the organs are, for the time, unequal to the work imposed.  If the food is immediately reduced by one half, the organs of digestion soon regain their power and the disturbance is short.  In every case the amount of reduction should depend upon the degree of the disturbance.


What articles are required for the preparation of cow’s milk at home?

Feeding-bottles, rubber nipples, an eight-ounce graduated measuring glass, a glass or agate funnel, bottle brush, cotton, alcohol lamp or, better, a Bunsen gas burner, a tall quart cup for warming bottles of milk, a pitcher for mixing the food, a wide-mouth bottle for boric acid and one for bicarbonate of soda, and a pasteurizer.  Later, a double boiler for cooking cereals will be needed.

What bottles are to be preferred?

A cylindrical graduated bottle with a rather wide neck, so as to admit of easy washing, and one which contains no angles or corners.  A single size holding eight ounces is quite sufficient for use during the first year.  All complicated bottles are bad, being difficult to clean.  One should have as many bottles in use as the child takes meals a day.

How should bottles be cared for?

As soon as they are emptied they should be rinsed with cold water and allowed to stand filled with water to which a little bicarbonate of soda has been added.  Before the milk is put into them they should be thoroughly washed with a bottle brush and hot soap-suds and then placed for twenty minutes in boiling water.

What sort of nipples should be used?

Only simple straight nipples which slip over the neck of the bottle.  Those with a rubber or glass tube are too complicated and very difficult to keep clean.  Nipples made of black rubber are to be preferred.  The hole in the nipple should not be so large that the milk will run in a stream, but just large enough for it to drop rapidly when the bottle with the nipple attached is inverted.

How should nipples be cared for?

New nipples should be boiled for five minutes; but it is unnecessary to repeat this every day as they soon become so soft as to be almost useless.  After using, nipples should be carefully rinsed in cold water and kept in a covered glass containing a solution of borax or boric acid.  At least once a day they should be turned wrong side out and thoroughly washed with soap and water.

What sort of cotton should be used?

The refined non-absorbent cotton is rather better for stoppering bottles, but the ordinary absorbent cotton will answer every purpose.

Which is better, the Bunsen burner or the alcohol lamp?

If there is gas in the house, the Bunsen burner is greatly to be preferred, being cheaper, simpler, and much safer than the alcohol lamp.  If the lamp is used, it should stand upon a table covered with a plate of zinc or tin, or upon a large tin tray.  The French pattern of alcohol lamp is the best.

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