Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Detection of Disease in the Child: Signs of Health

It is highly important that a mother should possess such information as will enable her to detect disease at its first appearance,and thus insure for her child timely medical assistance. This knowledge it will not be difficult for her to obtain. She has only to bear in mind what are the indications which constitute health,and she will at once see that all deviations from it must denote the presence of disorder,if not of actual disease. With these changes she must to a certain extent make herself acquainted.

Signs of health
The signs of health are to be found,first,in the healthy performance of the various functions of the body;the regular demands made for its supply,neither in excess or deficiency;and a similar regularity in its excretions both in quantity and appearance.

If the figure of the healthy infant is observed,something may be learnt from this. There will be perceived such an universal roundness in all parts of the child’s body,that there is no such thing as an angle to be found in the whole figure;whether the limbs are bent or straight,every line forms a portion of a circle. The limbs will feel firm and solid,and unless they are bent,the joints cannot be discovered.

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