This complaint affects children that are weaned too early, or such as are attempted to be reared without the breast, and also where improper food is given with or without sucking. It appears most frequently in children of a lax fibre, and whose constitutions at a more advanced age might be supposed liable to strumous disorders.

It commences with frequent griping and purging, in which the stools are usually of a green colour, and is often accompanied with bilious vomiting. The stools are sometimes ash-coloured and shining, and sometimes the food is only partly digested. The child wastes away, and often convulsions come on, and carry it off.

The Weaning Brash, if attended to in time, may generally be cured; but, if neglected, frequently proves fatal in a few weeks.

Treatment

The main point is to pay proper attention to the food. If the mother's milk is not good, or the mother is not in good health, or the child has already sucked for nine months, it must be fed on good cow's milk, scalded and thickened with flour, and half a teaspoonful of Phosphate of Lime may be added to each teacupful. In addition to this, the child may have beef tea or calfs-foot jelly two or three times a day, and as soon as it can chew, it may have a little finely chopped, well stewed mutton in addition. Vegetable food must be prohibited, as well as fruit, butter and sweeties. The child should have pure air, gentle exercise, a warm bath every day, and be warmly clad; and should wear woollen stockings. The Carminative may be taken twice a day; and in addition, the following powders may be taken every night for a week, and afterwards, every second night:

Mercury with Chalk...........................One Grain.

Powdered Rhubarb............................Two Grains.

Prepared Chalk.................................Two Grains.

Powdered Cinnamon...........................Three Grains. Mix.

This may be taken in a little thick gruel.