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.
Children at the breast are very subject to slight eruptions, particularly during the first month. Of this kind is the red-gum, which consists in small red spots, most usually confined to the face and neck, but in some cases extending to the hands and legs, and even extending over the whole body, appearing in large patches, and even sometimes raised considerably above the surface. Now and then it shows itself in the form of small pustules, which are filled with a limpid, or sometimes a purulent or yellow fluid.
The feet and legs of the child should be put in warm water at bedtime, and it should generally be kept warm; and the Carminative may be given three times a day. The sores may be dusted over with Calamine Powder night and morning.
Another species of eruption, which is frequently met with in young children, is that to which has been given the name of crusta lactea. This often puts on a very unpleasant appearance, but is nevertheless of an innocent nature; and it has been observed that those children who have been much troubled with it have usually been healthy, and have cut their teeth easily. A remarkable circumstance attending this eruption is that, however thick and long continued the scabs may be, the crusta lactea never excoriates, or leaves any scars behind it. It appears first on the forehead, and sometimes on the scalp; and then often extends half way over the face, in the form of large, loose scabs, which, as the disorder increases, appear not unlike small-pox pustules after they have become dry.
The rash generally disappears of itself after the child has cut three or four teeth, though it may sometimes continue for several months, and, now and then, even for years. The Carminative may be given once or twice a day while the child is young, and, as it gets older, Rhubarb and Magnesia may be given once in two or three days.