Children's Treatment

Sources: Papers On Health

This should always be managed so as to soothe

and not excite the little patients. They are very sensitive to heat and

cold. When these are applied the child often cries, so that the

"treatment" is condemned and given up. What should be condemned is the

nurse's want of skill. In every case the cold or hot application should

be so managed as to be agreeable. Very gentle heat at first may be

succeeded by stronger heat without shock. So mildly cool applications

may be followed by colder ones in the same way. There is no sense or

benefit in dashing a burning poultice or freezing towel on a delicate

person, either infant or adult, and sense is above all our guide in

these pages.