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January 1941

Growing Out of Babyhood.

Am J Dis Child. 1941;61(1):203-204. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000070212017

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This book was written as "a handbook for parents on the problems of the preschool child." The authors have written rather extensively on habits of elimination, enuresis, nail biting, emotions and attitudes, thumb sucking, tantrums, feeding problems, discipline, sex problems, adjusting to the group and parent-child relationships.

Each subject is discussed from several points of view. Many methods for treating the same problems are sometimes given. A method for correcting thumb sucking is described thus: "First the thumb of the right hand is forcibly held in his mouth for one or two minutes and then, following a minute's rest, the thumb of the left hand is held in his mouth for a similar length of time, and so on for half an hour." Many other (fortunately less drastic) methods, as well, are suggested. With respect to the treatment of enuresis, the authors state that "when one approach does not

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