The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on April 27, 1936 · Page 27
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April 27, 1936

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 27

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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE / ELEVEN CRYING OF BABIES NOT NATURAL ACT Research in Finding Its Cause Made Care Should Be Taken in Handling Infant. For many years it has been generally accepted that crying is natural and good for babies and the young mother has been told to let her baby cry rather than pick him up so that he may be trained to accept being left alone. It is only in recent years that some serious research has been made by throwing light on their development and showing at the same time that once we understand the cause of crying- it becomes far less necessary or "natural" than has been previously supposed. At the outset the idea that a very young baby by crying becomes trained to be left alone is certainly debatable, since at this stage he is entirely indifferent to solitude; his undeveloped brain makes him undiscerning as to whether he is alone or not. A new baby comes into the world which is entirely different from the environment he has teen used to in his previous nine months of existence. He has up to now never used his eyes to see, his ears to hear nor his lungs to breathe and he has been evenly sustained within his mother's body, there protected from shocks and bumps in the warmth and darkness. In New World. He suddenly finds himself in a completely new and different environment; cold air around him. a blanket or wrinkled sheet next his skin that has- previously known nothing rough, and a bright iight shining upon him. His first cry is one of " startled protest, useful though it may be to those around him as an indication of his vitality. His next experience is to be rolled up in the same blanket and be placed safely out of way, while attention is centered upon his mother. We can see, then, from these observations how much can be done to encourage contentment in a new ba.by. Quiet, unhurried movements in handling him, an even, comforting voice in talking to him and the exclusion of sudden sharp sounds, will all gradually allay his fears. Brain Gradually Develops. But as early difficulties disappear naturally by the process of growth and a gradual development of the little brain brings new and complicated factors into consideration if your child is to continue as a contented baby. The complete unawareness the baby is born in serves as a very valuable protection for the baby in his early weeks, keeping him contented in his routine as he grows used to it and feels secure in its regularity. Handling of Baby Fears Important It is said that babies are born with only two fears--the fear of loud, sudden noises and the fear of .falling. All other fears are learned. The baby learns to be afraid of things which hurt him. Things connected with painful sensations are objects of which the baby becomes afraid. Shouting at the baby when he reaches for something will teach him to avoid that object and make him afraid of it. Therefore, you must be careful what you say to the baby and how you act before him, in order to prevent his being afraid of things which are not harmful or dangerous. On the other hand, you must teach him to be careful of certain things, such as fire, the radiator or the stove. Whose Birthday Was It? Asked This Girl Pattie was celebrating her fourth birthday and had just received a paint book and brush from her playmate, Jo. Trying to paint in it \vithout much success, she asked her daddy to show her how. He became so fascinated in showing her that he painted page after page in the book. After waiting anxiously for some time Patty said: "Say, daddy, whose birthday is this anyhow?" Fresh Air Found Necessary for Healthy Babies George Washington's mother Abraham Lincoln's mother and, perhaps, your own grandmother could keep doors and windows closed when a new baby came to the home, and still have plenty of fresh air. The open fireplaces and loosely built houses of their days allowed free circulation of air. Today, however, close fitting windows and tightly built houses, which are steam heated, do not allow free circulation of the air. Windows, therefore, must be opened. Fresh air is plentiful and cheap, yet most precious. It helps the baby grow strong and keeps him from catching cold. At some hospitals, babies live out of doors all day and have fresh air in the sleeping rooms all night. Oh, how healthy and happy those babies are! Fresh air is just as important to the baby as mother's milk. Don't get the idea that cold air is harmful to the baby. Even the young baby, warmly dressed, may be safely taken outdoors in his carriage if the weather is not stormy or too cold. Dress him according to the weather, put him in the At Kresge Store Miss Pearl Miller is in charge of the infants' department of the S. S. Kresge company 35 cent to ,$] store, 9 South Federal avenue. (Lock Photo) baby carriage and then take lira out into the fresh air. Keep 3im out only a few minutes at first; let him stay a little long- ir each day as he becomes used to the outdoors. Free Care in Hospital for Mother Woman's Club H a Committee in Charge. For the past five years, the Woman's club has provided free hospital care for mothers at the time of childbirth through the agency of its maternity bed fund. The women who are selected to share in this benevolence of the club are the choice of the committee appointed by the club and Mrs. Mabel Blaise, secretary of the Social Welfare league. They are women who would otherwise not receive aid from the city or county. The money for- this year's work was raised through the newly appointed ways and means committee of the club of which Mrs. John Senneff is chairman. Contributions of .fl were sought from not only members of the Women's club, but all women interested in the work and the close of the drive was celebrated with a tea at "Indianhead." Previous to the appointment of the ways and means committee, the money had been raised through benefit performances of Woman's club plays and vy candy sales. Mrs. S. C. Deyoe and Mrs. R. L. Jackson comprise the maternity bed committee of which Mrs. c. E. Dakin is chairman. Hospitalization made possible through the Woman's club maternity bed fund has saved the life of at least one mother and has given a number of babies a better start in the world t h a n they might otherwise have had. Postage Stamp for Quintuplets Urged in Canada OTTAWA, Ont. CUP)--Canadian and United States philatelists are urging the Canadian postofficc to issue a special postage stamp bearing the portrait of the Dionne quintuplets. Postmaster Gen. J. C. Elliot reveals he is receiving many letters daily from various parts of the continent, asking him to icnor the five famous babies by ssuing a stamp bearing their heads. The letters are being filed for future consideration. The only child whose portrait ever has appeared on Canadian stamps is the little Princess Elizabeth, who was included in the King George V iubilee issue. The Park Hospital Has Served This Community for Twenty-Seven Years In 1909, 27 years ago, the Park Hospital was established in Mason City. This modern institution, centrally and conveniently located at the Northwest corner of the City Park, has served and progressed with this community for more than a quarter of a century. The great mission of the Park Hospital is to guard public health, care for the sick and injured, and to bring little tots into the world. It has given faithful service day in and day out, and the clientele has steadily grown. View of the Nursery at the Park Hospital This view, to the left, shows the "first home" for many tiny boys and girls. Thousands of wee tots h a v e spent their very first days and nights in the Nursery at the Park Hospital. In this department l i t t l e ones receive continuous care and motherly attention. And then they are taken to their homes and mothers commence s i n g i n g '·Rock-A-Bye Baby, in the Tree Top." Northwest Corner of City Park H O S P I T A L Mason City, Iowa

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