National Geographic : 1936 Jul
"As Joan's temperature is normal, may she get up today, Doctor?" "No, not yet. We want to avoid any possible later complications." Prevent Serious After-effects HE wise mother gets specific instruc tions from her doctor and observes them carefully. She takes no needless chances. Weakened hearts, kidneys, lungs, defective hearing or eyesight and other physical impairments may result from many diseases. They are frequently more to be dreaded than the original ailment. Even a case of measles may be followed by serious consequences. Its many possible after-effects are the doctor's chief concern. Attacks of measles may lead to abscesses of the ear or pneumonia. The kidneys may also suffer from overstrain, developing un fortunate complications in later life. Or the eyes may be badly affected. Do not let your child, when just recover ing from scarlet fever, get up and be active until the doctor says it is safe to do so. This is very important, because the heart and kidneys may be affected to some extent by scarlet fever. Careful nursing may be necessary after the child is apparently well. Colds and whooping cough, too often lightly regarded, also require careful nurs ing. Bronchitis, pneumonia and even tuber culosis may follow such seemingly trivial ailments. Tonsillitis is a distressing ailment which should never be ignored. Repeated attacks of tonsillitis may lead to heart trouble in later years. But as a rule, if the tonsils re ceive prompt attention, lasting damage is prevented. Two or three months after your child re covers from illness, take him to the doctor for a health inventory to find out whether or not there are any later developments which require attention. You are welcome to any one or all of these Metropolitan booklets: "Measles," "Scarlet Fever," "Whooping Cough," "Tonsils and Adenoids." Address Booklet Department 736-N. F1 rm P TNIinn er nn Keep Healthy-Be Examined Regularly METROPOLITAN FREDERICK H. ECKER, c,. ONE Chairman of the Board LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y . o. LEROY A. LINCOLN ©os36 M L. . co. President "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."