National Geographic : 1943 Jan
Three sensible ways to avoid Pneumonia 1. Keep fit! Most adults require eight hours of sleep daily, children considerably more. Regular exercise, outdoors whenever possible, is impor tant and so is relaxing recreation. Above all, a well-balanced diet, including plenty of vegeta bles, fruits and milk, will help you. 3. Watch that cold! Respiratory infections often pave the way for pneumonia. It is best to take seriously even a common cold. Early signs of pneumonia are coughing, accompanied by pain in the side or chest... thick, rust-colored sputum ... rapid breathing. If a cold is very severe or lingers on, be particularly careful. The wisest precau tions are: Go to bed... call the doctor! 2. Avoid chilling! Dress warmly during the "pneumonia months," early winter to late spring. Lower home temperatures this winter may re quire warmer dress indoors. Chilling is especially risky when you are over-tired. Change wet cloth ing and shoes as soon as possible. A chill followed by fever is one of the early signs of pneumonia. T HE AMAZING REDUCTION in the death rate from pneumonia in the last few years is due largely to the use of the new sulfa compounds. The greatest service you can perform for one who develops signs of pneumonia is to call the doctor immediately. The doctor (and no one but the doctor) should be given the earliest opportunity of using the powerful sulfa drugs. In most types of pneumonia his chances are excellent of both hastening re covery and of preventing serious, perhaps fatal, consequences. Metropolitan will send you upon request a free pamphlet, 13-N, "Respiratory Dis eases," contaiinng valuable information about pneumonia. Red Cross Home Nursing Courses. Red Cross Chap ters are offering women practical instruction in Home Nursing. Learning to nurse the sick in your own home and to keep your family well is a patriotic service, which will release more medical and nursing aid for the armed forces. Apply direct to your Red Cross Chapter. COPYRIGHT 1942-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY Metropolitan Life Insurance Company j (A MUTUAL COMPANY) Frederick 1 .icker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Irroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y.