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child, is expelled, together with the contents of the womb, the same
precautions should in general be observed as in childbirth.
TO PREVENT MISCARRIAGE,
when it is threatened, or on the appearance of the first symptoms, the
patient should lie down and be as quiet as possible; live on very
light diet; bowels be kept freely open; and an injection of thirty
drops of laudanum should be given in half a pint of slippery elm tea.
Should flooding be present, cold lemonade should be drank freely, and
cloths wet with cold or ice water applied to the thighs and lower part
of the birthplace, which should be repeated until the flooding is
MEANS OF PREVENTING ABORTION.
To prevent abortion, women of weak or relaxed habit should use solid
food, avoiding great quantities of tea, coffee, or other weak or
watery liquors. They should go soon to bed and rise early, and take
frequent exercise, but avoid fatigue. They should occasionally take
half a pint of the decoction of lignum-vitae, boiling an ounce of it in
a quart of water for five minutes.
If of a full habit, they ought to use a spare diet and chiefly of the
vegetable kind, avoiding strong liquors and everything that may tend
to heat the body or increase the quantity of blood; and when the
symptoms appear, should take a dram of powdered nitre in a cup of
water gruel every five or six hours.
In both cases the patient should sleep on a hard mattress and be kept
cool and quiet; the bowels should be kept regular by a pill of white
walnut extract or bitterroot.
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