OCR Interpretation

The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 02, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 13

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f They'll Be Healthy, Happy Babies if Born of Healthy, Happy Mothers.
If a woman takes proper care of
her health before her baby is born
. the chances then are that the baby
will be born strong and healthy. Thus
you will see that, if proper care is
given after the baby is born, the in
fant has every likelihood of living. .
The prospective mother should not
indulge in hard work or violent exer
cise. She should get plenty of sleep
at night and during the day should,
if possible, arrange to lie down and
rest for an hour or two.
As an expectant mother is often in
a very nervous condition she must
try and avoid (and those who come
in contact with her should particular
ly remember this) any mental stress
or excitement which is likely to react
upon her nervous system.
Before the time for the baby's ar
'rival all arrangements should have
been made for the attendance of a
capable physician and nurse. While
many midwives are reliable and skill
ful they should not be depended upon
entirely. A skilled physician is neces
sary in case of any unforeseen emer
gency or accident
The first thing to do after the child
is born, washed and dressed is to see
that its eyes are cared for.
Unless this is done the child's eyes
may become red and inflamed and
without proper attention may become
Thousands of persons are blind to
day because those in charge at the
time of their birth failed to take the
right precautions.
Statistics on the subject of blind
ness in adults show that from 30 to
4p per cent of such cases are due to
ignorance or neglect in the care of
the newly born.
In Boston, for instance, where
every case of inflammation of the eye
is taken care of, not one case of in
fant blindness was reported 'within
the last year.
This indicates that by taking the
proper routine preventative treat
ment in every infant born, the fre
quency of blindness would be greatly
cut down.
A competent physician will take no
chances. He will drop a small amount
of 1 percent solution of silver nitrate
into the eyes as soon as the child is
If the baby's eyes are not treated
the day the infant is born a physician
should be sent for at once and should
be directed to cleanse the infant's
Under no circumstances should
this be neglected,
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