( Originally Published 1934 )
The entire science of children's diseases, pediatrics, will be materially and decidedly aided by this therapy. The proper use of the simple antisepticizing treatments will be found to be a godsend in most all ailments, diseases, weaknesses or indispositions of infants and children. Particularly in the young, as a preventive, palliative and curative agent, these antisepticizing treatments will be found to be highly efficient and do an almost unlimited amount of good. Unless this is seen in actual practice, it is unbelievable. The antisepticizing treatments enable us to prevent, alleviate or cure with almost mathematical accuracy, most ailments, in-dispositions, weaknesses and diseases of infants and children. The claims made for the decided usefulness of the antisepticizing treatments in the ailments and diseases of adults are equally reliable and effective, if not more so, in the illnesses and diseases of infants and children. The antisepticizing treatments possess an additional advantage when used in the illnesses of children. Under the beneficial influence of the nasal antisepticizing treatments, infants and children will respond even more quickly and get well more readily than their elders.
As a rule, in most diseases and ailments of infants and children, the proper, persistent use of the antisepticizing treatments, when supported by the correct diet as advised herein, will enable us to obtain all one would desire.
The chief ideal, hope and ambition of this system is the prevention of disease, and particularly the prevention of the partial or total loss early in life of physical structures of the young, such as hair, teeth, hearing, sight, joints, heart valves, etc. The establishment of a tendency or predisposition to the loss of such physical requirements should be and can best be prevented at such an early and tender age. It will be found from actual experience, that these simple methods, foremost of which are the antisepticizing treatments, possess remarkable disease-preventing qualities ; this is particularly true of infants and children since they possess the vitality of youth (recuperative power) in its most active form. If at all possible, it is surely not advisable to wait until any disease is well advanced and frequently has caused irreparable harm, before treatments are started. The antisepticizing treatments should be given at the earliest possible moment, that is, on the slightest suspicion that some illness or other is likely to overtake the infant or child; as some highly intelligent friends of the writer have stated, that the treatments are used by them in their own families upon "the first sneeze." One ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
As a general rule, providing the dietary rules of this system are strictly followed, in the cases of infants and children the antisepticizing treatments will keep them well.
In most illnesses of the young, these treatments will hold the sickness in check so that it will be extremely mild, cause no permanent harm, permit the child to recover quickly and safely; complications will be the exception and not the rule.
In the young and very young, we have great vitality and recuperative power, and with very little help which consists principally of the correct use of the antisepticizing treatments and following the dietary rules, the child can be kept well.
As in adults, a good cathartic should always be given with the first antisepticizing treatment.
To obtain permanently successful results, the vitally important point to be constantly borne in mind is that the character and type of the food must be extremely carefully watched. In infants, for this reason, breast feeding is the safest and best. Plenty of water and freshly boiled milk or recently pasteurized fresh milk is by far preferable to all other foods for any child with the slightest or mildest sickness or indisposition. All foods the child eats should only be of the simplest, freshest and freshly prepared. During all serious illnesses, the less food eaten, the better; chief reliance should be placed on water and boiled, fresh milk. As the child improves, the same simple diet as advised for adults should very gradually be allowed in small quantities. As in the case of adults, the correct food is of vital importance.
The use of cathartics and enemas in infants and children is only second in importance to the use of the antisepticizing sprays. On the slightest provocation, where there is the faintest suggestion of an upset stomach due to bad food or a cold setting in, a cathartic or an enema preferably both and a mild antisepticizing treatment should be given. A nose and throat antisepticizing treatment should be given at once in all cases where we have the least fears that an illness is about to overtake the child.
Cathartics and enemas may be given in most illnesses in children, providing the antisepticizing treatments are used at the same time. There are exceptional illnesses wherein cathartics or even enemas should not be given, as in cases of appendicitis or intussusception (locked bowel). Though it is best not to give cathartics or enemas in these illnesses, yet if they are given as often happens, the early and frequent use of the antisepticizing sprays in such cases will make the administration of cathartics or enemas much less harmful or dangerous.
When these methods and therapy are timely and properly used, it is impossible for the average child to develop ear diseases (abscesses of the middle ear), pneumonia, and for that matter, most any one of the numerous common diseases infants and children suffer from so commonly.
Colds clear up very quickly and harmlessly under this simple treatment and dietary rules. Malnutrition, underweight, poor color, nervousness, irritability and the host of the other usual complaints which so commonly affect the young, are rarely observed in children so care-fully guarded by the antisepticizing treatments and good, harmless food. The usual childhood diseases are made much milder, hence less serious. The young re-cover from these diseases in much less time when the antisepticizing treatments are used, and only the proper food is eaten, as advised herein.
Each and every branch of pediatrics will be materially aided by these methods. Alleviation and cures will be obtained much sooner with greater certainty and with decidedly less worry and suffering. From these statements it is evident that we may expect a decided lowering of the death rate by the proper use of this therapy. This will eventually prove itself to be a fact.
The nicest thought in connection with this entire mat-ter is the excellent preventive value of this therapy. Most infants' and children's diseases will be prevented, which is, after all, what we all want. The disease preventive powers of this system in infants and children are its most valuable asset. Serious diseases or sicknesses in infants or children will become exceedingly rare when these methods are timely and properly used.
These methods are of the greatest value during the developmental period of the child. Barring accidents, the proper use of the principles and means of this system is almost an assurance that the child will grow up straight and tall, deep chested and well appearing in every way, with all the physical and mental possessions the child is naturally entitled to.
We are exceedingly desirous that the young grow up possessing all their teeth and hair, besides a well-built, perfect body, and a healthy, normal mind. The proper time to preserve all the teeth, hair and other physical and mental characteristics of all is during the tender years of growth. This can best and perhaps only be accomplished and made possible by the principles and means of this system.