Cold Affusions And Rubbing

Sources: Hydriatic Treatment Of Scarlet Fever In Its Different Forms

After the pack, the patient is placed in an empty bathing or wash-tub,

and cold water (of 65 deg.-60 deg. Fahr., only with very young and delicate

children a little higher, with adults rather lower) is thrown over him

in quick succession by means of a dipper, whilst he is well rubbed all

over his body, especially the extremities. Not too much water should be

poured over the head; however, the head should be always wetted first.

This process should not last longer than a minute or two, except the

patient continue very warm during it, in which case it should be

prolonged, as the perfect cooling of the body is necessary to prevent

the fever from coming on soon after and the patient continuing weak.

After the bath, he should be rubbed dry, first with the bare hands of

the attendants, and then with a dry sheet, and put to bed again, or, if

he feel inclined to stay up, dressed warmly and be induced to walk about

as long as he can.