Excerpt from Babyhood, Vol. 15: The Mother's Nursery Guide, Devoted to the Care of Children; December, 1898, to November, 1899
A specific catalogue of the virtues necessary to the successful nurse might be lengthened out indefinitely. But the average mother must be given a list that can be found embodied in the young person who is paid but three or less dollars per week; hence the list must be shortened. By the way, it pays to be liberal with the nurse in matters other than her actual wages. Let her visit her relatives at intervals, without the children for whom she cares; give her time for shopping and religious services; treat her with con sideration, if you would keep her con tented, for she is in many respects the highest-grade person in your em ploy.
A most essential qualification is good health. If you have any suspicion of inherited disease, as consumption or a blood disorder showing itself in a dis eased skin, have her bring you a doc tor's certificate, or, better still, send her to your own family physician and pay his fee yourself. But, even if there be no evidence to your eye of weak lungs or similar tendencies, make sure that there are no sores on the limbs or hands. A clean skin and a clear eon science are not necessarily found to gether, but the combination is most de sirable and, fortunately, by no means infrequent.
The health of the digestive tract is as important as that of the lungs or skin. A poor digestion may mean bad humor or a gloomy disposition, for which the poor children will suffer daily or, more accurately, three times daily, as (lid Thomas Carlyle's wife.
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