Nursery, in domestic life, denotes an apartment devoted exclusively to the rearing and accommodation of children.
The room designed for this purpose ought to be lofty, perfectly dry, and in the attic story of the house, or at least above the ground-floor. Another requisite to nurseries is, that they be spacious and airy, so that their young inhabi tants may have sufficient room to exercise themselves, when the inclemency of the weather prevents them from partaking of the benefit of the open air. Too many windows, however, afford too strong a light for infantine eyes, and the rays of the sun are, to their weak organs, not less hurtful than close walls, and dark apartments.
Cleanliness ought particularly to be attended to ; and every care should be taken to render the air of nurseries perfectly dry and pure. Whatever tends to corrupt the atmosphere, must therefore be studiously avoided. No damp linen, or swaddling clothes, should be washed, or suspended for drying in such apartments; nor should any provisions, especially animal food, be cooked there ; for all these processes vitiate the atmosphere, and produce exhalations which are highly injurious to the eyes of infants ; frequently occasioning chronic inflammations in those organs. The nursery ought, likewise, to be carefully swept eve ry day, while the children should be removed at least into another room, if the weather pre -sent them from making excursions abroad.
Lastly, in case the air of the nursery has become corrupted by accident, the windows should be frequently opened, to promote its purification, by the influence of the fresh atmosphere, which is far preferable to fumigations with frankincense, or similar aromatics ; for, though such perfumes dissipate the offensivc smell for the moment, they introduce a stupefying vapour that is extremely hurtful, especially if the children be descended from weakly parents.