National Geographic : 1935 Sep
Sniffles! "I'm sorry, but Anne is in bed. She has the sniffles and I can't let her go to school or play with anybody until she is well again." C )ISE mother. She knows that sniffles may be the forerunner of any one of several infectious diseases and she helps to protect other people's children while she ,- % protects her own. A mild case of sniffles may seem so unim portant at first that little or no attention is paid to it, but it may be the warning symptom of a threatened attack of measles, whooping cough, scarlet fever, diphtheria or influenza. These diseases, combined, cause about one in every five deaths of children between the ages of one and nine. The child who is "coming down" with one of these diseases is likely to spread the germs in class at school or to give them to other children at play. An attack of measles may be a simple affair, soon over; but sometimes it causes serious complications-injured eyesight, deafness. METROPOLITAN LIFE FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT Whooping cough may so reduce resistance that the child is more susceptible to pneu monia or tuberculosis. Scarlet fever fre quently affects the kidneys and ears. All of these diseases - including diphtheria may affect the heart and leave it perma nently weakened. If your boy or girl seems well one day and develops a case of sniffles the next, the child should be kept at home under close observation and should not be permitted to play out-of-doors or with other children. If there is no improvement within twenty four hours and the child is feverish, send for the doctor. Any or all of the following booklets will be mailed free on request: "Measles," "Whooping Cough,' "Scarlet Fever," "Diphtheria," "Colds, Influenza, Pneumo nia." Address Booklet Department 935-N. INSURANCE COMPANY ". ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N.Y. O11ias .L.I. CO. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."