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October 10, 1891

INFANT DRESS.Read in the Section of Diseases of Children, at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Washington, D. C., May, 1891.

Author Affiliations

OF BOSTON, MASS. LECTURER ON DISEASES OF CHILDREN, COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS, BOSTON, MASS.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(15):554-556. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410930018001h

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Abstract

The average practitioner of medicine pays too little attention to the subject of infant dress. He goes about his daily duties, cares for and applies remedies to the sick infant, and, it may be, never gives a thought whether the child is properly clad, or if the material from which the clothes are made furnishes sufficient protection from the sudden atmospheric changes to which its delicate tissues are exposed. When he attends a confinement case, he seldom hints at any proper, hygienic method of arranging the baby's apparel, or dictates to the unscientific nurse what the infant shall wear. This leaves the subject to the mother, who, in the majority of cases, ignorantly binds the infant hand and foot, so that there is interference with the proper development of its muscles. Then, as the child struggles and cries for freedom, it is doomed to the conventional dose of peppermint or

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