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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 Excerpt: ...should be "ventilate but keep warm." Those clothes which require it should be tied with strings of broad tape, never with buttons nor elastic. Look at a baby's foot, see how beautifully it is formed, and then register a mental vow that, so far as you are concerned, this beautiful foot shall never be tortured nor deformed with tight boots. Woollen shoes till a baby is twelve months old, cork soles and wool tops next, then shoes with thick soles, plenty of room, and square toes for the remainder of life should be the rule. Boots with pointed toes, high heels, and thin soles, are productive of deformity, wet and cold feet, rheumatics, neuralgia, all sorts of suffering, diseases, and death. Such boots should either be buried deep in the back garden or thrown on the fifth of November bonfire. And yet some people would have us believe such boots should be used, because, forsooth, they may be the fashion!! In fact, boots are nothing more nor less than instruments promoting weakness and deformity in the ankles of young children, and, unless provided with very yielding uppers, should never be worn by older children. Boots can only produce or perpetuate weak ankles by preventing the proper development of the muscles. Shoes, and sponging the ankles with water, are the best means for producing and maintaining strong ankles. Never tight button the ankles of a growing child nor tight ligature the muscles and blood vessels, either above or below the knee. Garters ought never to be used. Not only clothing, but bassinet and perambulator fittings and every thing coming in contact with a baby should be well aired (but clothes should not be put on warm). Especial care should be exercised that no parcels, newspapers, letters, or anything containing the faintest suspic...
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