For the cure of the cramp when swimming Dr. Franklin recommends a vigorous and violent shock to the part affected by suddenly and forcibly stretching out the leg, which should be darted out of the water into the air if possible. G. H.
A garter applied tightly around the limb affected will, in most cases, speedily remove the complaint. When it is more obstinate, a brick should be heated, wrapped in a flannel bag, and placed at the foot of the bed, against which the person troubled may place his feet. No remedy, however, is equal to that of diligent and long-continued friction. M. M.
If a person swallow any poison whatever, or has fallen into convulsions from having overloaded the stomach, an instantaneous remedy, more efficient and applicable in a larger number of cases than any one-half dozen medicines we can think of, is a heaping teaspoonful of common salt and as much ground mustard, stirred rapidly in a teacupful of water, warm or cold, and swallowed instantly. It is scarcely down before it begins to come up, bringing with it the remaining contents of the stomach; and lest there be any remnant of poison, however small, let the white of an egg or a teacupful of strong coffee be swallowed as soon as the stomach is quiet. These very common articles nullify a larger number of virulent poisons than any medicines in the shops.
Great quantities of Paris green are used during some seasons of the year, and as accidents may happen, it is well to know the antidote for the poison. Paris green owes its deadly properties to arsenic, as does London purple. Should either of these be taken into the stomach, let the person drink copious draughts of milk or raw eggs beaten up, and as soon as possible give an emetic, mustard is as good as anything, and keep up the action of vomiting by giving milk between the paroxysms of vomiting.
When the stomach no longer rejects what is swallowed give a good dose of castor oil. A. C.
Never bite or pass sewing silk through the lips as lead poisoning has been known to result, as the silk is soaked in acetate of lead to make it weigh heavier. N. A. L.
To cure the hiccoughs of a grown person, one has sometimes to be a little more persevering. I knew a case where a patient recovering from typhoid fever had the hiccoughs two days, and the physicians had tried every known remedy, but to no purpose. It was then that a very simple remedy was suggested by the wife of the patient, which though at first ridiculed by the doctors, probably saved the man's life. The wife said to the doctors that her husband had asked several times for some hot coffee, and begged that she might be permitted to give him some. The doctors, although they had previously refused, finally consented, saying, "give him only a little." The wife then went to the kitchen, with her own hands made some fresh, weak coffee, poured out a small one-half cupful, creamed and slightly sweetened it and took it up to the sick man. He drank it hot and in fifteen minutes called for more. An additional amount was made and also given to him hot. He again drank it, and then in a few moments called for more - which was given him. The third time after taking the hot drink the hiccoughs left him for a lapse of five minutes. This cessation of the hiccoughs, even though for only five minutes, encouraged the wife to urge more hot drink upon him. The next time the hiccoughs disappeared for a longer time. When they again came on, more hot coffee was administered and, to the doctors' surprise, next morning the patient was sleeping and well on the road to recovery. The doctors (three in number, all noted ones of the city of Chicago) said it was a miracle - but admitted that the hot drink did what medicine had failed to do. The Nurse.
Many children are subject to this distressing complaint. A lump of sugar saturated with vinegar and given to the little one to suck will relieve it instantly. This is the recipe of a French physician. M. L. E.
Small pieces of ice applied suddenly, so as to surprise the patient, will stop persistent hiccoughing. Also hot drinks of weak coffee and milk taken frequently has the desired effect.
For swollen and bleeding gums rinse the mouth with a wine-glassful of warm water in which is placed about seven drops of myrrh. This will harden the gums and keep them from working off the teeth, which always gives them a bad appearance. Mrs. Pachaly.