National Geographic : 1944 May
To Mothers-a bouquet with a reminder tied to it Lots of people have asked ... "Is the war affecting the health of America's young children?" Here's one answer: Fatalities from childhood diseases are at an all-time low... Infant mortality is at an all tine low. For this achievement, the mothers of our young est generation deserve a great big bouquet. They have realized that the most valuable war time service they could render is to safeguard the health and welfare of their little children. Along with this compliment, we'd like to add these few reminders... Some of the dreaded childhood diseases can be prevented. Early in infancy-usually between 6 and 9 months-your doctor will advise protec tion against diphtheria and smallpox, and prob ably whooping cough. All young children should have medical checkups at regularintervals. Regular, undisturbed sleep is very important. Children grow in their sleep. Most children be tween the ages of 2 and 6 need additional rest -usually an afternoon nap. There should be regular play hours, some of it out of doors, and with other children. Provide well-balanced meals at regular hours. Make the home safe for little children by keeping such things as sharp instruments and matches out of their reach, and by protecting them against falls, suffocation, and other haz ards. Even when mother must be away, it is very important for the child that the daily rou tine and safety program be maintained. FREE BOOKLETS! Metropolitan offers two valu able booklets for mothers. No. 54N, "Your Baby," deals with the child's first year. No. 54NA, "Out of Babyhood Into Childhood," covers the pre-school years. Send for either or both. COPYRIGHT 1944-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK 10, N. Y.