E. B. Lowry, M. D. says, in Your Baby: "A baby's bands should not be taken off until he has finished teething. Day and night, winter and summer, the baby should have flannel (not outing flannel) about his abdomen. He is far less likely to have summer complaint if he wears bands. After the first few months it is better to get the knitted ones with shoulder straps as these require no pins and there is no danger of them being to tight. For the first few months, the bands, should be fastened snugly (not tight) so as to prevent rupture of the umbilicus."

No sensible, well informed parent will ever follow such insane advice. Keep these bands off of the baby from the first day of its life. Summer complaint, due to overfeeding, will not be prevented by such hoodooism.

When I read through a medical work on obstetrics, the strongest impression that comes to me is that it is almost impossible for a woman to give birth to a baby. When I read through a medical work on the care of babies ,I get the impression that it is almost impossible for a baby to live. It seems that nature cannot take care of our babies as she did those of the "cave man" or as she does those of the lion or eagle. If we are not carefully held together with artificial bands we will rupture! Instead of compelling prospective doctors to spend three years in pre-medical training before they can enter medical college, why not compel them to spend two years on a ranch?

Ridges and red lines on the abdomen, made there by these strips of flannel, are seen on the abdomen of babies whose mothers have put them on tight as the belly-band of a saddle. Many a fretful, wakeful and crying baby has been doped and purged for colic whose suffering was the result of these tight bands. There is no earthly need for these bands to start with; there is still less need for them being drawn as tight as the corsets of our mother's girlhood days.

Dr. Oswald said: "Indian babies never cry; they are neither swaddled nor cradled, but crawl around freely, and sleep in the dry grass or on the fur covered floor of the wigwam. Continued rocking would make the toughest sailor sea-sick. Tight swaddling is downright torture; it would try the patience of a Stoic to keep all his limbs in a constrained position for such a length of time; a young ape subjected to the same treatment would scream from morning till night."

WARMTH: Infants and young children must be kept warm and not allowed to chill. They must not be over clothed or too heavily covered, but they must be kept comfortably. warm. I believe in the good old-fashioned natural method of cuddling an infant to warm it

BATHING: Daily bathing, or as often as needed, is necessary to cleanliness. Luke warm water should be employed. No soap should be used. The warm bath may be followed by a cool (not cold) splash. Then the child should be thoroughly dried. By all means do not soak all the vitality out of your child as many mothers do. The quicker a child is thoroughly cleansed and dried, the better for its health and strength.

A daily air bath should be given the infant and child and a sun bath every day the sun shines.

CLOTHING: Baby's clothing should be made of silk, soft cotton, or linen. Wool should not be worn next to the skin.

Clothing should be loose and simple and no more should be put upon the child than is necessary for comfort. Do not pamper and coddle the child. The child that is overwrapped, other things being equal, will have more colds than a child that most people would consider underclad.

In the summer and in warm climates the rule should be: WEAR NO MORE THAN ENOUGH CLOTHES TO KEEP OUT OF JAIL. In the case of infants a diaper will be enough. Let the baby be comfortable and cool. In older children a sun suit in warm weather is the near ideal.

Hats, bonnets, caps and other head-gear are for Indian chiefs and clowns. Keep them off baby's head. Except when the thermometer is down below freezing, there is no need to cover baby's head when it is taken out. Garters and tight bands are decidedly bad. Shoes should not be worn before the child walks and should be broad of toe with no heels.

Diapers should be light and loose. They should be washed before using and should never be merely dried, without washing, and then used. Don't pin the diaper so snugly about the baby that all circulation of air about the parts is cut off. This will make the baby hot and uncomfortable.

DIAPERS, or hip-pins, should be changed as soon as they are wet. The child should be sponged off and dried before another diaper is put on.

The diaper should then be washed before using again. Skin derangements are often caused by using diapers after they have been wet and dried without being washed. Keep the skin clean and there will be no chafing, excoriations, scalding or skin irritations. These are caused by a lack of cleanliness--they are prevented and cured by cleanliness.

I quote the following from Dr. Tilden: "It is not necessary for a child to have any malodors. Perfume is absurd; it neither covers the odor coming from lack of cleanliness, nor causes the child to be clean. There is no odor so splendid as the real sweetness of cleanliness. Perfume, like the doctor's antiseptic, is made to hide, or antidote, filth. Neither is needed when proper cleanliness is maintained; and both should be recognized as advertising lack of cleanliness."