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.
It sometimes happens that immediately after birth the face and neck of the infant put on a livid or black appearance, the lips become purple, and the breathing short; which symptoms either go off soon, or terminate in death.
The child should be put up to the neck in warm water, and kept there till a change takes place, after which it should be wrapped up in hot flannel. And this may be repeated, should the dark colour return. As soon as the milk comes the child should be put to the breast.