National Geographic : 1926 May
Protect the Blossoms "THEbusiness of being a parent I is difficult at best. There are days when the children are so exas perating that you forget what they really mean to you. But at night, when you steal quietly in for a last good-night look, how like blossoms they seem-exquisite promises of the future. You dream " of the things you hope to do for them-of the advantages you wish to give them-of the gifts you would like to lavish upon them. But has it occurred to you that there is some thing else that perhaps you should be doing for them right now? Today-before it is too late-use the great gifts of modern medical science to protect your children from disease and to help them become strong and healthy men and women-physically, mentally and morally. With positive protection offered against two of the most dreaded S diseases, smallpox and diphtheria, it Sis little short of criminal negligence to overlook these simple precautions. i ' Can you call yourself a good parent unless you are able to say, "My S children have the best protection I can give them!" Even Minor Ailments are Dangerous S More children die from measles and whooping cough than from dreaded scarlet fever. Chicken-pox and mumps may be indirect causes of death. Some of the most contagious diseases, such as measles and whooping cough, for the first two or three days appear to be nothing but "colds". Even at this stage, be fore the real sickness is recognized, infection of others may occur. Three Important Things to Do Frequently whooping cough leads to pneumonia These are things which, if not already done, you or permanently injured lungs. should do at once: Unless a child who has measles is carefully nursed, - pneumonia, /, First. See that your children are vaccinated mastoiditis or kidney trouble may . against smallpox. result. ceI Second. Make sure that they have toxin-anti- Do not think that your child -. a toxin treatments to prevent diphtheria. must have all the children's f diseases and the sooner the ;i Third. Have them examined at least once a better." Protect your boys and year to correct physical defects. Especially, girls. Health is the greatest ("i ," teeth, eyes, ears and tonsils should be blessing you can give your chil thoroughly inspected; adenoids, when pre- dren. Now is the time to plan suois sent, should be removed, for it-in blossom time. . B¢ ..- For the past three years May Day The New May Day unites us in [i i ' ; l c)' has had a new meaning. It has be- planning for more sanitary school come National Child Health Day- buildings, for more and better play 9 the day on which every state in our ground facilities and for unremitting 'i" . country takes stock of the health supervision of the water, milk and S(and welfare of its children, food supplies of a community. Sou ntrtk so o The Metropolitan Life Insurance '.' g O While there have been great gains The Metropolitan Life Insurance in protecting the lives of children, o an has prepared pamphlets MAY DAY the lives Company has prepad aets ISCHILDHEALTH these gains have been accomplished M Whoi •- c DAY INSURE by the extraordinarily good work Measles, Whooping Cough, Scarlet AMERICAS done in some parts of the country. Fever and Diphtheria. Tey will FUTURE " Tremendous betterment will result be mailed ree and may be invalu , oov~ when the same good work is carried able to you.. on everywhere. HALEY FISKE, President. r i , S' Published by METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEWYORK Biggest in the World, More Assets, More Policyholders, More Insurance inforce, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."