SQUINTING.-The children this is often due to weakness of constitution, either inherited or following on exhausting disease, as scarlatina. One or other of the muscles which move the eye becomes weak, and does not move the eye synchronously with the other. This is sometimes recovered from without treatment. Squinting is sometimes due to irritation of the brain caused by worms.
It may be due to the light falling always on the same side of the child’s cot. More commonly it is due to defective vision. General Treatment.-See that there is nothing wrong with the general health of the child, and that it is not allowed to sleep with a bright light at one side of its cot. When the vision is defective a physician must be consulted.
Medicines.-(Three or four times a day.)
-If there is great heat in the head.
-When there are worms.
See also under INFANTS, Squinting.