This section is from the book "Cook Book", by The Ladies of the Church of the Good Shepherd.
A fever patient can be made cool and comfortable by frequent eponging off with soda water.
Consumptive night sweats may be arrested by sponging the body nightly In salt water.
One in a faint should be laid low on his back, then loosen his clothes and let him alone.
Fever and restlessness in children are frequently caused by indigestion. If you find the skin of the little one hot and dry, remember, if you can, what she ate for supper. Give the child a warm bath, then give it a cup half full of warm water to drink. In a few minutes the undigested food will be thrown off the stomach and the child will soon be sleeping soundly. A dose of magnesia, about half a teaspoonful, given in the morning before breakfast will probably restore to the child its usual health, but should fever and nausea continue through the day following the attack, send for a physician, who will undoubtedly approve of what you have done, and should the eymptons develop into scarlet fever, chicken pox, or any of the diseases to which children are liable, the attack will probably be of a mild nature.
Nearly one-half the population are more or less afflicted with neuralgic pains. Instead of sending for the doctor; who will probably prescribe a plaster and a dose of medicine, we advise the sufferer to heat a flat-iron, put a double fold of flannel on the painful part, then move the iron to and fro on the flannel. The pain will cease almost immediately. We have seen the most painful cases of neuralgia relieved in less than ten minutes.
Sprains are among the most severe accidents to which we are liable. When a Joint is sprained, swelling comes on gradually. In dislocation, the swelling and 1îô S of motion of the Joint happens immediately after the accident. A sprained limb should be kept perfectly quiet. To prevent inflamation, use poultices of worm-wood, hops, or tansey.
Every effort on the part of the patient to repeat in detail the cause of the accident, the sensations, experience, etc., should be discouraged. Cheerful conversation upon other subjects and perfect rest, will bring about speedy recovery and strengthen all concerned in the belief; that it is not always necessary to send for the doctor.—Good Housekeeping.
A strip of flannel or a napkin dipped in hot water and wrung out and then applied around the neck of a child that has the croup, and then covered over with a larger and thicker towel, will usually bring relief in ten minutes. A towel folded several times, dipped in hot water, wrung out, and then applied over the seat of pain in toothache or neuralgia, will generally afford prompt relief. This treatment in colic works like magic. There is nothing that will so promptly cut short a congestion of the lungs, sore throat or rheumatism, as hot water, when applied promptly and thoroughly. Pieces of cotton batting dipped in hot water, and kept applied to old sores, new cuts, bruises and sprains, is a treatment now adopted in hospitals. Sprained ankle has been cured in an hour by showering it with hot water, poured from a height of three feet. Hot water taken freely half an hour before bedtime is the best of cathartics in case of constipation. This treatment, if continued for a few months, with proper attention to diet, will alleviate any case of dyspepsia.— Oracle.
Dr. F. D. Reese of Cortland, N. Y., writes to The Medical Record, describing the use of carbolized oil applied to the carbuncle and then covered with oakum, which had previously been saturated with the oil. Of a few cases of carbuncle treated in this way, not one has run over two weeks. The disease has yielded to the carbolized oil and oakum treatment as by magic. He uses a twenty per cent solution.
Finely cracked ice, administered in a teaspoonful of champagne or brandy, has been the rallying point for many a sinking patient. Or the ice alone, finely crushed, so that it simply melts away in the mouth, trickling down the throat, rather than being swallowed as a draught, is a most useful stimulant. People who take cracked ice get the stimulus of ice upon the nerves of the mouth and tongue, and not flooding by water of the feeble throat and stomach. The uses of cracked Ice in cholera cases are familiar to some. It is possible that with hot water bags at the feet, hot mush poultices on the stomach, and a constant diet of cracked ice, no further treatment might be needed to complete a cure. Nursing skill counts for much, and every woman should have as much knowledge of it as will be sufficient to keep the patients from sliding down hill until the proper officials arrive. —Philadelphia Ledger.
For many years past we have been subject to sore throat, and more particularly to a dry hacking cough, but last fall we were induced to try what virtue there was in common salt. We commenced using it three times a day—morning, noon and night. We disolved a large spoonful of pure table salt in about a half a tumbler-' nil of water. With this we gargled the throat most thoroughly, just before meal tithe.
The result has been that during the entire winter we were not only free from coughs and colds, but the dry hacking cough has entirely disappeared. We attribute the satisfactory result solely to the use of salt gargle, and most cordially recommend a trial of it to those who are subject to throat diseases.