Anyone who has raised children will tell do that the sleep deficit is the real killer. When The Boy was born we were living in Dun Laoghaire in a garden flat. We had to make it up as we went along, being a long way from either of our mothers, and do the best we could. Hadn't a clue, me. I thought The Beloved had ruptured a kidney when she went into labour 1 week early, which meant she was in the wrong (local; Ob&Gyn-absent) hospital. It was a nightmare to raise an inter-hospital-transfer ambulance at 0200hrs, whereas a collect-labouring-mother-from-home ambulance would have been there in 20 minutes. The only thing I thought you could do with a crying baby was change its diaper. We changed diapers seven times one night! Several of them bone-dry. But the child continued to grizzle or howl for hours.
Godfrey's Cordial. Which was well-known to put infants to sleep. . . and keep them in that state. I've written before about buying Dozol for G, when she lived in London - although it is sold as a painkiller [paracetamol] and anti-inflammatory [anti-histamine] the name and the label tell the World that babies will sleep in Dr Dozol's care. I was wrong to believe at the time that it was 4% alcohol: that's gripe-water. Even gripe-water, invented in 1851 by apothecary William Woodward, contains no alcohol in its modern formulation. As young parents all we needed was enough sleep each night to be able to function during the day-time. In the 19thC, some poor mothers had a rather different agenda: they needed to keep the child quiet while they went out to work: singling turnips, pulling carrots or making hay.
quiet and secluded spot to drop the calf. There are two survival alternatives: either the newborn is up and ready to trot within a few minutes or it needs to be fattened up and continue its development. Secreters return to base once or twice a day, meanwhile making a living feeding themselves to replace the milky calories. The calves are programmed not to bleat for mammy and presumably some evolutionary changes have been made to how they [don't] smell.
Lots of convincing sounding alternatives:
- Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup
- Mother Bailey's Quieting Syrup
- Batley's Sedative Solution
- Dr. Winchell’s Teething Syrup
- Kopp’s Baby’s Friend
- McMunn's Elixir
- Dalby’s Carminitive:
- Tincture of opium - four drachms and a half
- Tincture of assafoetida - two drachms and a half
- Oil of carraways - three scruples
- Oil of peppermint - six scruples
- Tincture of castor - six drachms and a half
- Rectified spirits of wine - six drachms
Units:1 apothecaries pound = 12 ounces = 370g
1 ounce = 8 drachms = 31g
1 drachm = 3 scruples = 4g
1 scruple = 20 grains = 1.3g
1 grain = 65mg