The Care and Feeding of Children eBook

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How should the infant be held during dressing and undressing?

Nothing is more awkward than to attempt to dress a young baby in a sitting posture.  It should lie upon the nurse’s lap until quite old enough to sit alone, the clothing being drawn over the child’s feet, not slipped over the head.

Of what use is the band?

It protects the abdomen, but its most important use is to support the abdominal walls in very young infants, and in this way to prevent the occurrence of rupture.

How long is this band required?

The snug flannel band, not usually more than four months.  In healthy infants this may then be replaced by the knitted band, which may be worn up to eighteen months.  The band is an important article of dress in the case of thin infants whose abdominal organs are not sufficiently protected by fat.  With such, or with those prone to diarrhoea, it is often advisable to continue the band until the third year.

What changes are to be made in the clothing of infants in the summer?

Only the thinnest gauze flannel undershirts should be worn, and changes in temperature should be met by changes in the outer garments.  The greatest care should be taken that children are not kept too hot in the middle of the day, while extra wraps should be used morning and evening, especially at the seashore or in the mountains.

Should older children be allowed to go with their legs bare?

If strong and well there is no objection to this in very hot weather.  In cold weather, however, it is doubtful if any children are benefited by it, particularly in a changeable climate like that of New York.  Many delicate children are certainly injured by such attempts at hardening.

What sort of underclothing should be worn during cold weather?

Never the heaviest weight, even in winter.  Four grades are usually sold, the next to the heaviest being thick enough for any child.

Do little children require as heavy flannels as older people?

Not as a rule.  They usually live in a warm nursery; their circulation is active; and they always perspire easily during their play.  When they go out of doors, the addition of coats and leggings renders thick flannels unnecessary.

Are not many little children clothed too thinly for the ordinary house?

Very few.  The almost invariable mistake made in city homes is that of excessive clothing and too warm rooms.  These two things are among the most frequent reasons for their taking cold so easily.


How should napkins be taken care of?

They should he immediately removed from the nursery when soiled or wet.  Soiled napkins should be kept in a receptacle with a tight cover, and washed as soon as possible.

Should napkins which have been only wet be used a second time without washing?

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