Age of child.
Water or barley water.
Amount for each meal.
These often accompany each other, and give rise to much discomfort. A very small tea-spoonful of castor oil or a little dill water usually brings relief, especially if meanwhile the abdomen is gently rubbed with a warm hand.
For a very young baby p the best plan is for the nurse to dip her finger in the oil, and let the child suck it, continuing till the full amount is given.
DIARRHCEA while teething is not necessarily harmful; but if excessive, a small dose of castor oil may be given.
For this evil castor oil may be given (1 eggspoonful); but if resorted to regularly it tends to greatly aggravate the trouble. Soap suppositories are efficacious, but should not be allowed to become a necessity. One eggspoonful of orange or grape juice given daily is most valuable, so too is olive oil (unless it causes sickness), an eggspoonful to be given daily to an infant, one teaspoonful to an older baby. Daily massage of the abdomen is also helpful.
CROUP, which is distinguished by its sudden appearance, loud and shrill breathing, and crowing, brazen cough, is most alarming. A teaspoonful of ipecacuanha wine should be given in a little sweetened warm water, and the dose repeated until the child is sick. Meanwhile a sponge wrung out of very hot water may be applied to the throat, or the feet put in mustard and water; or, preferably, the child may be placed in hot water, and a large poultice of linseed meal, with a sprinkling of mustard, applied to the upper part of the chest and throat. It is a good plan to keep a kettle steaming in the room, as it is necessary to guard against bronchitis.