Children with chronic gastric catarrh should always eat their principal meal in the middle of the day, and take only a light supper.

When of nervous temperament, they are apt to bolt their food without proper mastication. At the age, too, when their deciduous teeth are being replaced they may from time to time have difficulty in eating solid food. This matter should be inquired into, and if necessary all such food must be minced before it is given to the child. Children accustomed to luxury usually overeat, and suffer in consequence. Their supervision at table is often left to ignorant or careless servants, who should be cautioned, and better heed will be taken if the instruction is given by the physician rather than by an indulgent mother.

In young children gastric lavage is easily performed, and it may be beneficial, but older children are apt to struggle and resist it. The tube may be passed as in gavage (see Gavage), and directions for lavage are also given on p. 547. For this purpose it is well to use only water which has been previously sterilised by boiling.