The Sitz-bath May Be Taken In A Small Wash-tub If There Is No

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proper sitz-bath-tub at hand. It should be large enough to allow the

water to come up to the navel of the patient, and to permit rubbing. Too

large a tub would not allow the patient to sit in it comfortably. If

there is no tub to fit, a common bathing-tub may be raised on one end,

by putting a piece of wood under it, so as to keep the water all in the

other end, allowing the feet of the patient to be kept out of the water.

This latter practice is more convenient with very small children, with

whom, however, the sitz-bath will scarcely be required, a half-bath of

sufficient duration being almost always efficient. It is not advisable

for persons little acquainted with the use of water as a curative, to

let the patient stay very long in the sitz-bath, it being safer to pack

the patient again, and to repeat the sitz-bath after the pack, if his

delirium is not removed, or not lessened in half an hour or

three-quarters of an hour. This alternating with the pack and sitz-bath

should be repeated, till the head becomes clear.