SATURDAY SECRETS: Can you believe that people were once afraid of bathing in water?
The following is from a book published in 1883 Ladies Guide in Health and Disease, on applications of water.
- Water, applied in the various modes in which it may be, is one of the most potent of remedies. Wrongly applied, it may be productive of great harm. The following are a few general rules which should always govern its use:
- Never bathe when exhausted or within three hours after eating, unless the bath be confined to a very small portion of the body.
- Never bathe when cooling off after profuse sweating, as the reaction will then often be deficient.
- Always wet the head before taking any form of a bath, to prevent determination of blood to the head.
- If the bath be a warm one, always conclude it with an application of water which is a few degrees cooler than the bodily temperature.
- Be careful to thoroughly dry the patient after his bath, rubbing vigorously, to prevent chilling.
- The most favorable time for taking a bath is between the hours of ten and twelve in the forenoon.
- The temperature of the room should be at about 85º or 90º F.
- Baths should usually be of a temperature which will be the most agreeable to the patient. Cold baths are seldom required. Too much hot bathing is debilitating.