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October 12, 1929


JAMA. 1929;93(15):1158-1159. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710150050019

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Child Welfare Training Essential for Maternity Nurses in Queensland  It has long been realized that a serious weakness in the child welfare movement lay in the faulty training of the new-born babe during the neonatal period. During this critical time the maternity nurse reigns supreme, and by the time that the mother has left the hospital or the nurse has moved on to her next case, avoidable difficulties have arisen, and the problem for the infant welfare center has increased in magnitude. Two common mistakes that were made were, first, to give the child castor oil to "clear out the meconium" and, second, to feed the child on sweetened cow's milk pending the establishment of lactation.To remedy this serious breach in the infant welfare program, the Queensland nurses' registration board has provided for not less than six months' training at the child welfare training center for all nurses holding

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