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Tendingto the health needs of infants and children these 40 years hasprobably both kept me young and hastened the aging process.It’s been a challenge to say the least. Along the way,I’ve accumulated a number of old books and bottles on thesubject. Some of these form the basis for this article.

Dalby'sCarminative and Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup, both pontiled. nasa


L. Emmett Holt, M.D., inThe Diseases of Infancy And Childhood, 1897, writes this aboutcolic: “The special and peculiar colic of infancy isthat which is associated with flatulence, and is due toindigestion. This form of colic belongs essentially to the firstsix months of life, and is more frequent during the first threemonths.---The purpose of treatment during the attack is to assistthe child to get rid of the gas; as this is usually in the colon,the most efficient means is by enemata. At first an injection offour or five ounces of lukewarm water should be used.”He goes on to recommend a hot-water bag and opium in some form.
With all due respect to Dr. Holt, a great pioneer in pediatrics,the water enema as well as the opium could be dangerous to aninfant. Water intoxication, convulsions, and even death canresult from an overdose of the former.

Dr. W.Evans Teething Syrup, pontiled.


Dalby’s / Carminative,blowpipe pontil, aqua, cone shaped, 3 1/2 inches tall, was for “infantsafflicted with wind, watery gripes, fluxes and other disorders ofthe stomach and bowels”. The medicine was originated byJames Dalby of London, England, about 1780. The ingredientsincluded opium. The product was in the United States by 1804, andwas still being sold after the turn of the century. E. Fougera& Co. of Brooklyn, N.Y. were the general agents.


Mrs. Winslow’s / Soothing Syrup / Curtis &Perkins / Proprietors, bbp., aqua. round, 5 inches tall; alsosmooth base with The Angelo American Drug Co. / Successor To /added. Mrs. Charlotte N. Winslow, mother-in-law of JeremiahCurtis, for about 30 years was a physician and nurse, principallyamong children. She compounded a soothing syrup consisting ofsulfate or morphia, sodium carbonate, spirits foeniculi, and aquaammonia, likely to sooth any human or animal, regardless of age.In 1848, Curtis and Benjamin A. Perkins became partners inBangor, Maine, and started bottling Winslow’s Soothing Syrupin 1849.
In 1911, the American Medical Association put out a publicationcalled Nostrums And Quackery. One section called “BabyKillers” and incriminated Mrs. Winslow’s SoothingSyrup, Monell’s Teething Syrup, and others.

Bull'sBaby Syrup, Harter's Soothing Drops and Monell's TeethingCordial.

Other 19th centurycolic remedies on my shelves included: Baby Ease, aqua,rectangular, 5 1/2 inches tall; Bower’s / Infant Cordial,aqua, round, 5 inches tall; Dr. J.W. Bull’s / Vegetable /Baby Syrup / Trade Mark, aqua, round, 5 inches tall;DeWitt’s / Colic & Cholera Cure // E.C. DeWitt & Co.// Chicago U.S.A., aqua, rectangular, 4 7/8 inches tall; Dr.Groves / Anodyne / For Infants / Philada., aqua, rectangular, 51/2 inches tall; Dr. Harter’s / Soothing Drops, aqua, round,5 1/8 inches tall; Hollis Balm / Of America, aqua, round, 5inches tall; Hooper’s Anodyne / For Infants, clear,rectangular, 4 inches tall; Mrs. J.A. Kopp / Kopp’sBaby’s Friend / York, Pa U.S.A., aqua, rectangular, 4 3/4inches tall; Mother Kroh’s Soothing Syrup For Babies AndChildren, clear, rectangular, 4 1/2 inches tall, label only; No. 1 /Labaree’s / Colic / Cure, clear, square, 3 1/2 inches tall;and Mrs. Wheeler’s / Nursing Syrup / J.H. Wheeler / Elmara,N.Y., aqua, round, 4 7/8 inches tall.

Mrs.Wheeler's Nursing Syrup, Holt's Balm and Dr. Winchell's TeethingSyrup.

Dr. Holt aboutteething continues: “The symptoms most commonly seen aredisturbed sleep, or wakefulness at night and fretfulness byday---. There is loss of appetite---. There is often, but notalways, and increase in salivary secretion, a slight amount ofcatarrhal stomatitus, and a constant disposition on the part ofthe child to stuff the fingers into the mouth. The bowels areconstipated or there may be a slight diarrhea. The thermometermay show a slight elevation of temperature to 100 to 101.5.”

Dr. / W.Evan’s / Teething Syrup, bbp., aqua, round, 2 3/8 inchestall. This was a product of Dr. William Evans of New York, N.Y.,and advertised in the Westchester & Putnam Republican,Peekskill, N.Y., on January 14, 1840. For teething I also find:Dr. D. Fahrney & Son / Hagerstown, Md. // Teething Syrup //For Babies, aqua, rectangular, 5 3/8 inches tall; Monell’s /Teething Cordial / N.Y., aqua, 6 sided, 5 inches tall; and Dr.Winchell’s / Teething Syrup / Emmert / Proprietary Co. /Chicago, Ills., aqua, round, 5 1/4 inches tall.
I should add that a number of the colic remedies were also usedfor teething. I know that Mrs. Winslow’s was.

Mrs. C.H.King's Cleanser For Cleaning Kids, Silks & Satins.


J. Lewis Smith, M.D. , in The Diseases Of Infancy And Childhood,1886, has this to say about bathing: “Bathing is nowrecognized in all civilized countries as one of the chiefpromoters of bodily comfort and health. The first bathing of theinfant, which is immediately after birth, should be in water at atemperature a little below that of the blood, namely about 96degrees. In the infant, reaction of the surface when chilled istardy and uncertain, and therefore there is great danger ofcatching cold when the surface is cooled by water, and does notquickly react.---Therefore they are liable to contractbronchitis, sore throat, intestinal catarrh, or otherinflammation, from very slight exposures.”

I even have abottle to illustrate bathing. It’s probably not a medicinal,and I’ve found no background information. The embossing is:Mrs. C.H. King’s / Trade Mark / Cleanser / Registered / ForCleaning / Kids / Silks & Satins, aqua, rectangular, 5 inchestall. It came from a long time friend and collector from thestate of Washington.....


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