A Text-Book of Practical Obstetrics

A Text-Book of Practical Obstetrics

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...should approximate in temperature that of its external surroundings. What should be aimed at is the avoidance of chill. The temperature of the bath, therefore, should be only slightly in excess of that of the room in which it is bathed. As a rule, a temperature of 80 to 90 F. should be selected, except in the case of immature infants, when, since we are not dealing with an individual of normal capacity, we must make the circumstances meet the case. The first step is to remove the coating of vernix caseosa and of blood with which the infant is covered to a greater or less degree. This is accomplished by greasing its surface with some unctuous material, such as sweet-oil or vaselin, the precaution being taken not to allow any of the material to get into the eyes or the stump of the cord, since it is not sterile. This greasing accomplished, the infant is supported on the hands of the nurse and placed in the bath so that the entire surface is covered with the exception of the head. It is then soaped and washed until the surface of the body has been cleansed, when it is removed from the bath and thoroughly dried. The flexures of the body are then covered with vaselin or a pure rice-or bismuthpowder, to avoid chafing of the delicate integument, and next the body is examined for defects. The natural openings are investigated in turn and the toes and the fingers are counted, since one of the first questions of the anxious relatives will be as to whether the child is perfect or not. If any imperfections are determined it is wise not to tell the mother, since the nervous anxiety she would be subject to would complicate her convalescence; but the father or some relative should be told, and, in case of such a complication as imperforate amis or urethra, ..
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  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 295g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236654153
  • 9781236654151