This section is from the book "Smith's Family Physician", by William Henry Smith. See also: Natural Physician's Healing Therapies: Proven Remedies that Medical Doctors Don't Know.
Improper food on the part of the mother, causing her to produce bad milk, weak digestion, and a natural tendency in the stomach of children to generate acid are the causes which give rise to these affections.
When the food becomes sour on the stomach, it is likely to give rise to continual crying, restlessness, drawing up of the legs, hiccups, vomiting of curdled milk, diarrhoea, flatulency, sour eructations, griping pains, green stools, and where the irritation is very considerable, convulsions are apt to ensue.
In order both to cure and to prevent a continuance or a return of the complaint, it is necessary that the mother should pay attention to her own diet. She must avoid pickles and vinegar, or anything else likely to turn sour on the stomach. The child should have the Carminative three or four times a day, and a warm bath night and morning; and it should be well wrapped up in warm flannel.