Damp Beds

Sources: Papers On Health

An ordinary bed which has not been slept in for some weeks,

although perfectly dry to begin with, will become damp, even in a dry

house, and, unless properly dried, will be a great danger to its next

occupant. This is a preventable danger, and all who entertain guests

should see that they are not exposed to it. Many a fatal illness is due

to the culpable carelessness of those who put a guest into such a bed.

Ignorance in such a matter is shameful. All who have charge in a house

should fully understand their responsibility in this matter.

But if you are put into such a bed it is infinitely better to rise and

dress, and make the best of a night of discomfort, than to sleep among

the damp. If, however, you have so slept, and feel the bad effect, the

best cure will be the SOAPY BLANKET (see). If this cannot be had, a

good hot footbath, with the heat kept just comfortable for half-an-hour

or more, will do very well. This should be done at the earliest

possible moment.

It will add greatly to the efficiency of such treatment if hot water

can be had to drink in small quantities, and often. A few drops of

cayenne "tea" in the water will act as a gentle stimulant.

Old-fashioned folk place great confidence in a "hot drink" in such a

case. This is all very well if they only keep the alcohol out of it:

that destroys vital resources, but never supplies them. We have known

cases in which all power was lost through a single night in a damp bed.

Possibly in these cases it might not have been easy to restore the lost

vitality by any amount of treatment; but we rather think that a speedy

application of genial heat all over would have restored it. In some

apparently hopeless instances it has done so.