Chapter 12 - Care of Children and Diseases
Care of Children and Diseases
How to Nurse Sick Children
Inflammation of the Mouth
Inflammation of the Gums
Canker of the Mouth
Difficult Teeth Cutting
Spasm of the Glottis
Whooping Cough
Summer Complaint
Falling of the Bowel
Gastric Fevor
Mesenteric Disease
Blue Disease

12.15 Rickets

Mesenteric Disease.

This attacks scrofulous children between the ages of three and ten years. Its symptoms are a prominent belly and loss of flesh, particularly upon the arms and legs. To be able to feel the enlarged and hardened glands through the walls of the belly is the surest, sign of this disease. When the complaint is long continued, the child loses all its flesh, and dies in almost a complete skeleton state.

Treatment. If there is inflammation or other disorder in the stomach or bowels, attend to this first. Then put the patient on a generous diet,. such as meat broths, etc. Give bicarbonate of potassa, dissolved in the infusion of calumba or quassia, and when there is costiveness, add rhubarb to the preparation. For the enlargement of the glands, apply, externally, an ointment (184) of the iodide of lead, or of the iodide of potassium (185). Give an ioduretted bath, daily, which is formed by adding one grain of iodine and two grains of iodide of potassium to each gallon of warm water.
The syrup of iodide of iron, three to five drops, should be given internally three times a day, in a little water, or the iodide of potassium, five grains, and compound infusion of gentian one half teaspoonful. Daily sponging the body in salt and water, and exercise in the open air, are important.

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