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January 1923


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Professor of Dermatology, Medical School of Harvard University BOSTON

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1923;7(1):50-62. doi:10.1001/archderm.1923.02360070053003

Infantile eczema occurs largely in the winter months, and it has become my custom in the treatment of the disease to instruct the mother or nurse as follows:

  1. The baby is not to be taken out doors but is to be kept in a room with a southerly or westerly exposure. The heat is to be turned on, the window to be open day and night and a screen to be so arranged that neither wind nor sun shall strike the baby.

  2. When the baby is to be fed or bathed, or its clothes are to be changed, it is to be taken to an adjoining warm room and returned as soon as possible afterward. Wet or soiled diapers must be changed at once.

  3. Care must be taken that the baby is not too warmly dressed. Overheating congests the skin and consequently increases the itching, one of

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