The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on April 27, 1936 · Page 31
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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 31

Mason City, Iowa
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Monday, April 27, 1936
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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE FIFTEEN SPECIAL CARE NEEDED FOR BABY'S FEET Trouble of Adults Can Be Traced Improper Care When Growing Causes Foot Aches. By BEULAU FRANCE. Junior Home for Mothers Magazine. The other day I was talking with an eminent specialist about feet. He said, "More peo- pl have foot trouble than you realize. And most of their trouble can be traced to improper care of the feet while they were growing:." When do a baby's feet begin to grow? Several months before he is born. He cornea into the world with two feet. Will the bones in them come to be strong and sturdy? Will they be ready to carry the weight of his body when he stands and walks? If-you were an expectant mother, what could you do to help assure your babe-to-be- born of a "firm foundation?" Well, for one thing you could do a great deal by getting plenty of sunshine and eating foods rich in vitamin D and in calcium and phosphorous. For this vitamin and these minerals are needed for the proper building of every baby's feet. Doctor Can Help. Then, after your baby was born, what could you do? Best of all, nurse him! Mother's milk is so made that it provides the baby with more nearly perfect food than can the milk from any cow. But even breast milk needs to be supplemented with sunshine and cod-liver oil. If you could not nurse him, you would surely have a doctor prescribe his feedings week by tt^ because in this way only Book at Damon's would you be able to know that the baby's food was helping to build the right kind of feet. No two infants need identical nourishment. Mother Nature knows how to provide just the right proportions each child needs in mother's breast milk; but the moment an infant goes on a ·bottle, the doctor must study the child and decide what ia best for him to eat and drink that his body may grow and develop. Xeeds Sunshine. The doctor also knows how important it ia for a baby to have extra sunshine and more cod-liver oil when he is bottle- fed. He knows that rickets develop if the diet is not correct and rickets tend to .bow a baby's legs and make the bones in his feet so weak that he cannot stand or walk at the age that most babies do. But suppose that you have a baby whose diet is supervised, who gets his sunbaths and extra vitamin D, what else may cause you to worry about the baby's feet? I can hear you say, "cold f£et." And because you believe, and other mothers believe, that cold feet are a tragedy, it is very likely that some day you may find your wee one in bitter tears over his great discomfort due to hot, perspiring feet. So often I say in my talks and my articles that more babies suffer from too much than from too little clothing. And that is so true! They Are Duplicates. A well known pediatrician tells all mothers to pay no attention to cold feet or hands, provided the infant is sufficiently warm otherwise. He says that most cold feet are due, not to poor circulation, but merely to the same tendency that adults often have. We all know men and women who are well and happy, yet whose feet are just naturally always cold. These babies are merely miniature duplicates of such adults. "But," you say, "don't cold feet give a baby colic?" A baby with colic may have cold feet because of disturbed circulation in the digestive tract, but cold feet do not always mean poor circulation and will not be the cause, but instead the result, of an attack of colic. What should the young baby wear upon his feet? Absolutely nothing most of the. time! Give his tiny toes a chance to sretch, wiggle and grow. Don't This widely celebrated book, by Dr. Herman. N. Bundesen, indorsed by many of the nation's 1 leading baby specialists and given to all Chicago mothers by the Chicago board of health, has helped to make that city outstanding in the reduction of its infant mortality rate. Damon's is anxious that toe mothers of our community should have its wonderful service, and by special arrangement with Dr. Herman N. Bnndesen, president of the Chicago board of health, Damon's is offering with cost to all mothers of babies in their first year, this 96 page book on infant care and a card entitling the mother to printed monthly lessons on the care of the baby. Telling her what to do for the baby during that month, what she may expect the baby to do as to development, and how, with the help of her doctor she can raise a, healthy, happy, normal baby. To obtain these books, simply register at the infants' department. (Lock Photo) stockings if the bedclothes are held down properly. Have No Place. Socks and booties have no place in a little baby's wardrobe --rather, that is a very good place for them--in the wardrobe and not on his feet. If you put them on, they will surely slip off unless they are tied securely. If you tie them, you may obstruct circulation. "But when he goes out-should be be barefoot then?" On bitter cold days, if your carriage robes are insufficient, you may let the baby wear stockings that cover his knees and pin fast to his diaper. These may be of silk, cotton, wool, or a mixture of any two of these materials. Personally, I do not approve of all wool next to a baby's skin. I like all silk, all cotton, or else silk or cotton mixed with wool. Now, if the baby wears stockings, here is something extremely important: Never let his feet be cramped! Baby Should Be" Taught to Play Tou should teach your baby to play by himself for a certain part of the day. Put him in a safe place, such as his crib or creeping pen, or on a sheet or blanket spread on the floor in a room that is warm and free from drafts. Give him a simple toy and leave him alone. A good time to do this is an hour before the 6 o'clock evening feeding. This kind, of play is quiet enough so that it will not excite the baby and make him sleep restlessly. At the same time, it keeps the baby active so that he will be tired enough to sleep soundly when he is put to bed. Teaching the baby to play alone will also make it easier to care for him when he is sick, or when he is home alone with you and you are busy with your household du- . even Jet his clothing or coverlets bind them down. Of course at night he must not stick his feet out from under, but even at night.he need not wear any WASH HIS HANDS Always wash the baby's hands thoroughly after playin°- and before he eats or sleeps' Some sicknesses are called 'hand borne" because the germs are carried on the hands ,..^l.! s one of the reasons for the baby's hands BABY ON TRIP Are you going to take the baby on a trip ? If S0 , j, [o everything possible to keep from upsetting his regular routine while on the journey "away from home. Don't Be Alarmed at Curve in Leg About this time, when the baby begins to creep, many parents are liable to become alarmed because they notice that the baby's legs appear to be a little curved. The legs of all bahie's are slightly curved, but this is not due to anything abnormal. It ia natural in all babies up to the age of 2 years. The mother need not fear that the baby will become bow-legged because of the presence of this slight curve in his legs. Bow-legs may occur when the baby gets rickets. If you give the baby plenty of sunshine, cod-liver oil, fresh air and the right foods, he will not get rickets. Then, the more he uses his legs for creeping, ami later for walking, the straight-, er will the legs become. WEIGHT IMPORTANT The average weight for the nine months old baby is from 18 to 19 pounds. The baby should continue to gain an average of about four ounces a week, or a little over a pound a month. on the ' f f)pl** n for better teeth Tee«h rb«m WOW tfae inestimable value of sound t«e»fa. Start them NOW oo. the plan that will help protect their teeth from decay all the rest of their ive«-- »h« 4-D plan: 1. Dentist. 2. Dental Hygiene. 3. Diet. 4. Vitamin D. A« part at thfa plan, giye them our delicious W-«Mn D Bread -- it is not ottly * «oh ttource of available food energy, but k aids in sup- pi? fa*g one of She essential "DV -- Vitamin D,. ehe vitamin thai forme pwt of the rell-balanced diet that combats tooth decay. Ere*r pouttd contains 240 Li.S.P. units of ¥it»min D. ob- lalned by * proeeee developed in the l»bor«to»»ec of Columbia Unirereity. fteg*d«r bio- assays cheek U« VITAMIN p BREAD . . . IS BETTER BREAD A DELICIOUS WHOLESOME LOAF plus VITAMIN D

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