Excerpt from Babyhood, Vol. 18: The Mother's Nursery Guide Devoted to the Care of Children; December, 1901, to November, 1902
Anything will keep a child awake which has the effect of exciting his attention - thus sounds, sights, or any impression coming into the mind through the senses, or any unnatural sensation, such as Sickness or pain, reaching him from his body. Besides these external causes of Sleeplessness, an imperfect nutrition of the body, in cluding the brain, may produce an irri tation of the mind itself, which acts as an internal cause. When a baby will not go to Sleep one of these two causes may be acting. If you want to put him to sleep try to remove the causes of sleeplessness.
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