JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
Very few people seem to realize how much more dangerous, as regards
possible infection, is the usual position of the child in the house than that
of any other member of the family. The little one creeps about the floor getting
its hands soiled with the accumulation of material that has been carried in
from the street, unable to protect itself by reason or experience, and consequently
likely to handle all sorts of offensive material in any opportunity should
arise; and beside living for many hours in the day so close to the floor that
every little eddy of air, every little draft that blows from open doors or
windows, and every movement of any kind in the room causes the lifting of
dust which is usually carried only just high enough to be inhaled by the child
or to cover its clothing and thence be removed by its active little hands
and carried to its mouth in various ways. It is no wonder that children are
subject to infections much more than others, and the surprise often is that
they resist so well as they do the opportunities for infection that must be
so constantly present.
INFECTION IN CHILDREN. JAMA. 2004;292(6):749. doi:10.1001/jama.292.6.749
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