COLIC: Dr. Page says: "When a vast audience is convulsed with laugthter over Mark Twains' witty description of the experiences of parents with colicky babies, it may be well for them to forget, for the moment, the thousands of little audiences of two, or three, or four, gathered about the death-beds of emaciated little ones dying in convulsions, not of laughter, and that provoke no laughter, either on earth or in heaven. More than eight hundred such audiences in one city, in a single week, who can force even a smile to their wan countenances, except it be, perchance, a smile of resignation to what seems to be a token of the chastening, though loving hand of God."

Have you ever watched the tossing and listened to the agonizing cries of the baby with colic? Have you ever watched anxious parents walk the floor nearly all night with such a baby in their vain efforts to stop its crying? If you have, you know that colic is no laughing matter--at least, not with the child and its parents.

It was and is yet to some extent, the custom to cram babies full of milk every two hours and feed them every time that they cried between feeding times, and keep them purging and puking, until they finally became constipated, after which they would writhe and shriek with colicky pains. Then mother or nurse or even father would wrap them in hot clothes turn them on their little bellies across the attendants knees and try to jounce the wind out of them. Paregoric, castoria, cathartics and other forms of drugging are frequently resorted to.

Drawing up the legs when crying is not an evidence of colic. Most babies draw up their legs when they cry from whatever cause and one that Is crying vigorously will always draw up the legs and arms.

The symptoms of colic are pain, flatulence, expulsion of gas, diarrhea, or constipation, green or curdy stools, eructations and perhaps vomiting.

Besides over feeding (the most common cause), colic may be induced by getting cold or over heated or by any other influence that deranges digestion. Babies that are fed properly, kept dry and warm and not handled to much and not over heated do not have colic.

The remedy for colic is: stop all feeding until comfort has returned. Thereafter feed and care for the child properly.