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 are very apt to become chafed in the wrinkles of the neck, behind the ears, and in the groins. This sometimes arises from want of proper cleanliness; but frequently from an excessive tenderness of the skin, or from a heated state of the body.
A little of the Calamine Powder, or Hair Powder, or a little finely powdered Starch may be dusted over the parts two or three times a day; and a little Magnesia, or a little of the Carminative may be taken internally.
In some children of a gross habit of body, and particularly about the time of teething, a species of excoriation extending low down in the neck is apt to take place, which at length-if neglected-degenerates into large deep sores, and occasionally has terminated in gangrene. These sores require to be dressed with the Calamine Cerate, spread on lint; and the child may take the Carminative with a few grains of powdered Rhubarb mixed with it, two or three times a day.