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
Croup
Spasm of the Glottis
Whooping Cough
Diarrhoea
Summer Complaint
Colic
Falling of the Bowel
Gastric Fevor
Rickets
Mesenteric Disease
Blue Disease
Fits

12.16 Mesenteric Disease

Rickets.

This is also a disease of scrofulous children. By some defective process of nutrition in such children,. there does not enter into the bones enough phosphate of lime to harden them, and the weight of the body, or the pulling of the muscles, or the pressure of the clothing, bends and distorts them in all manner of ways. The heads of the thigh bones are pushed nearer together, making the lower belly narrow; the backbone is so curved as to lessen the height; the blades stand up like wings when flying is contemplated; shoulder and the shoulders are so lifted up that the head seems only a little higher than the elevations on each side.

Treatment. A good, generous, wholesome diet, properly regulated; out door exercise; the tepid or cold salt water sponge bath, with friction, and but little medicine. The hypophosphite of lime, in two grain doses, given in a little sweetened water, three times a day, or the syrup of the hypophosphites, in half teaspoonful doses, three times a day, may be given with advantage. The pyrophosphate of iron, combined with the lime, makes a good tonic for scrofulous children.

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