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NARCOTICS IN THE NURSERY. All sorts of dangerous narcotics are used in the nursery, says Annesley Kenealy in the World and His Wife. Sometimes the nurse is perfectly aware of the deadly nature of the re- medies she gives to cure a baby's restlessness, or the lack of sleep arising from teething troubles. But very often both mothers and nurses believe that the soothing mixtures, wind remedies, and nerve sedatives sold in such vast quantities for nursery use are harmless little preparations of dillwater and peppermint. In one of thA most extensively-used nursery narcotics, eacn fluid ounce contains half a grain of morphine, with a large admixture of alcohol. So that from the day of its birth an infant is inoculated with a desire for drink. His mental, moral, and phy- sical development is poisoned at its source by a powerful and demoralising drug such as opium is known to be. If he has wind, colic, and symp- toms of indigestion arising from improper or un- wise feeding, a strong alcoholic tincture of fennel, anise, and carraway seed is given as anti- dote, for these aro the ingredients of the baby's soothers" commonly sold. And he is a lucky child if there is not a proportion of laudanum added to the dangerous compound. Nearly all the preparations of peppermint put up for nur- sery use are saturated with alcohol; and there is little doubt that the seeds of a craving for strong drink are often laid in a child by the custom of giving nursery narcotics to "cure wind and stomachache."

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