Dr. Cheadle's Formula For Bread Jelly is more elaborate but produces a very digestible food. A thick slice of stale bread (4 oz.) is soaked in a basin of cold water for six or eight hours and then squeezed out. The pulp is gently boiled in a pint of fresh water for an hour and a half. The thick gruel thus made is strained, rubbed through a fine hair sieve, and allowed to cool, when it forms a smooth jelly. Enough of this is mixed with warm water to make a food of the consistence of thick cream (about one tablespoonful to eight oz. of water); a little white sugar may be added.
The full dietary at this age may be said to be reached when the infant is taking from one and a half to two pints a day of undiluted cows' milk, and two meals a day of thin oatmeal porridge and milk, or boiled bread and milk, or milk pudding. Dilution of the milk is not necessary, but one or two oz. of gravity cream may be given in the case of healthy and strong infants. The farinaceous material should be given at first in small quantity and later on in increasing amount, but never more than twice daily. The total number of meals in the day should not exceed five. Spoon-feeding should be begun as soon as possible, but as regards that matter, and also the addition of solids, due deference must be paid to the infant's own ideas, which are sometimes very decided. In some cases it will be found that solids are persistently refused, and that anything of a greater consistency than milk will not be swallowed. This peculiarity passes off in time. A few teaspoonfuls of orange-juice or grape-juice daily in water will be found serviceable all through infancy in supplying the antiscorbutic element in food which modern methods of treatment rather tend to destroy. Dr. Sim Wallace recommends that when the incisor teeth have been cut, the infant should be given some fresh sugar-cane, or fruit, or a stale crust to bite and gnaw at. He is firmly convinced of the faulty nature of a prolonged "pappy diet" and of the bad results in the shape of dental caries. Although many infants do not take early to biting we believe that some such biting process is an excellent training for that thorough chewing which is so essential later on.