TEETH: After advising regular brushing of the teeth of young children, Morse-Wyman-Hill say: "Every child should be taken to the dentist as soon as it is three years old, or earlier, if necessary, and thereafter every six months." What for? "In order that the teeth may be examined and any cavities which may have developed filled while they are still small." In plain English, these authorities do not expect the advice they give to mothers for the care of the teeth of infants to insure and preserve good teeth. They say in effect: Take our advice and then go to the dentist to "remedy" the results of following such advice Filling a cavity does not correct or remove the causes that have produced the cavity and, therefore, does not prevent the cavity from becoming larger and the filling falling out. We reject the ideal of frequent examinations of the teeth, with early discovery and early filling of cavities. We insist on preserving the teeth whole. To this end, never permit the brushing of a child's tooth before the child is fifteen years old, and not even after this age, if you value the teeth and gums of your child. Scrubbing away the gums and teeth of a child is a poor means of preserving its teeth. Such a program results in pyorrhea in many children around the age of thirteen.

Health and a proper diet will produce and preserve good teeth. Without these there can be no good teeth.

The present tooth brushing insanity was organized some years ago by a company which manufactured and sold tooth brushes, tooth pastes, toilet articles, etc. They conceived of a plan to increase their profits by inducing everyone to brush their teeth several times a day. Part of this plan consisted in getting dentists into the schools of the land to examine the teeth and recommended the tooth paste of this particular company. At first the scheme failed, but after enough newspaper publicity and lengthy "discussions" the Schools Boards consented to let the dentists go to work. The ultimate success of the scheme was greater than any member of the manufacturing company had ever dreamed of, even in his wildest moments. Today the dentists are not only in the schools, they are being paid out of public funds, for the work of drumming up trade for dentists and tooth bush manufacturers. "Credits" are given to those children who posses and vigorously use tooth brushes, while the tooth-brush drill is a regular feature in many schools.

At the present time no one dares question the value of this silly practice. Everyone advises and endorses the tooth brush and the soaps that are used on the teeth. It is rank heresy to dispute their value. I dispute it nevertheless.

THE EYEBROWS: In her Better Babies, Anna Steese Richardson says: You child has a right to all the beauty with which you can endow it. If your baby has thin eyebrows and lashes, try to encourage their growth. It can be done. Feed the eyebrows with a little cocoa butter, or vaseline. If you are very careful you can even touch the lashes with a tiny camel's-hair brush dipped in melted vaseline. I know a man and wife whose looks were marred by scanty lashes and colorless brows. When their babies came the woman determined to do something to improve the unfortunate inheritance. She rubbed vaseline into the brows, had the lashes cut twice before the babies were three months old, asking the family physician, an excellent surgeon, to do this for her, and she touched the roots of the lashes with melted vaseline. Her children, now in their teens, have beautiful brows and lashes."

This is misleading bunk. The hair cannot be fed from without. Even if it could be, oil is not hair food and does not stimulate hair growth. Still less is vaseline, an inorganic grease, made from petroleum, of value. Cutting the hair will not make it thicker or put hair where there is none. Cocoa-butter, olive oil, vaseline, hair tonics, etc., are without the least value. They all belong to the doctoring habit--directly descended from voodooism.

HANDLING: Most babies are handled too much. The young of no other species can withstand so much handling and survive. Kittens, puppies, goslings, calves, birds, indeed all young animals, soon languish and die if handled very much. Man, including infant man, can live through more abuse, of all kinds, than any other animal on earth. Nevertheless millions of infants are injured in health and many of them killed by being subjected to too much handling. The following words of Dr. Trall are to the point:

"Never mistake infants for toys or playthings. Never employ them to amuse yourself or entertain company. Never exhibit them for the purpose of reflecting inherited charm and qualities of which the parents are proud--perhaps justly."

EXERCISE: Trall declared that "the business of infants is to grow," and that to grow normally they must have exercise. The exercise of infants and children is self-regulating, if they are given an oportunity to express themselves, physically. The best exercise for infants, said Trall, is letaloneativeness. Place them on a smooth surface, do not bind and cramp them, throw off their clothes and let them exercise in a natural manner. Elastic baby jumpers and other such contrivances are not commendable.

The best excercise in the world for the baby is to place it face down on the bed or palate and let it work. This is Dr. Page's method. Lying on its back, its back and neck muscles are never exercised, while they are overheated. The back, neck, arm, and legs get the best of exercise when the baby is face down. It develops a strong neck and back and sturdy arms and legs. Place them on their faces from the day of birth. They will be better babies for it.

ROCKING: Babies should never be rocked. The old habit of rocking babies to sleep is particularly pernicious.