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Childhood Illnesses
There are 7 messages in this section.

Margaret Strachan from Aberdeen. Posted 12 Mar 2002.
Chicken pox was common, but I remember when we got scarlet fever. You usually had to go away when you were ill, but my mum wouldn't let anyone take us. I really remember my mum saying "you're not taking them away" . I was sweating, I had red spots and my mum nursed us. When we got the measles, you had to shut the curtains and not let any light in, you had to take to bed and rest and recover in a dark room. It was awful to catch whooping cough, because it lasted a long time and like most things there wasn't much we could do about it. I remember getting tonsillitis, but our doctor didn't believe in removing them, he felt it was an unnecessary procedure and he said your tonsils were there for a purpose. So, here I am still with my tonsils intact!
Alan Cameron from Lanarkshire. Posted 22 Apr 2002.
I remember the "Happy Smile Club" in the early 1960's. I think this was a campaign by a commercial toothpaste company supported by the health authority, to get children brushing and cleaning their teeth. Dental asistants, I think from Colgate, would arrive at the school with badges, toothbrushes, toothpaste, colouring books, and films. Another film! In the class this time all about oral health. Lots of pictures of rotted teeth, and loads of guilt about eating all the wrong stuff, unless you brushed. Strangely, this film was not American or even Home Counties. It was made with children from all over Britain.

People think the issue of cod liver oil and orange juice is a folk memory by Hamish Imlach. It was not, I particularly remember in the 50's how good tasting the Government issue orange juice was, immediately after the cod liver oil.

George Russell from Dundee. Posted 10 Jun 2002.
I remember with horror a practice carried out which is now unbelievable. This was the belief that passing a child over from one side of a boiling tar boiler to the other side was a cure for certain ailments. I can’t remember what it was supposed to cure, but I shudder to think of the consequences should there be an accident whilst the child was over the boiler.

John Murdoch from Dunfermline. Posted 15 Apr 2004.
I remember that when I was at primary school everyone got measles, chickenpox, whooping cough, mumps etc, and no one died of any of these ilnesses, in fact there used to be measles parties, where if a child had measels or the like all the parents would bring their children round to the house so that they could catch this and get it over and done with.
I think nowadays things have gone too far with compulsary vaccination if the government got it's way. I and all my schoolmates are still alive and well and these childhood ilnesses didn't wipe us out as the current government thinking would persuade us would happen if children contracted these ilnesses.

Albert L. Fowler from Kircaldy. Posted 1 Nov 2004.
I was 5 years old in 1935 and living at that time in Peterhead and remember being sent home from school with a dreadful throat.
My mother sent for the doctor and next day I was driven by ambulance to the remote isolation hospital to the north of the town.
I have memories that something was badly wrong with me. I still wince as I remember the painful injection in my behind with a massive, or so it seemed at the time, syringe.
I was in isolation for 3 or so weeks and remember not being able to walk when I went home. My legs were so weak, and it took some weeks before I could go back to school.
Not long after my younger brother took ill with this disease, but he recovered too.
I look back now with huge admiration for our mother's devotion to us both in these very difficult times.

David Bird from Cumbernauld. Posted 3 May 2006.
I remember about 1960ish, I was one of about 6 in my Primary school class at Knockburn Primary who were transported to Stobhill Hospital to have our tonsils and adenoids removed -whether they needed removing or not! I remeber being wheeled into an ante room next to the operating theatre. We were dressed in white nightshirts - a sort of white tammy and long white woollen socks. It was an assembly line of children waiting to go into theatre and there was mass hysteria -no kidding!

I remember landing a right hook on the chin of the anaesthetist as he tried to put a huge rubber mask over my face just before I passed out. It was really horrendous. When I wokeup, I was hapy to see the faces of my classmates including twins Brian and Keith McBain amongst others. The only consolation was getting to scoff jelly and ice cream for breakfast, dinner and tea..! Does anyone else have a similar experience whether in Stobhill or not? [Stobhill is still the best hospital in Glasgow and staff there safely delivered my 3 offspring]......

Lucie Daoust from Ottawa, ON. Posted 12 Jul 2006.
I am a Canadian, born in 1949. I remember tonsillitis and having my tonsils removed at the hospital. My mother brings me to the hospital and hands me over to a nurse, without explanation. My throat is sore. The doors to the elevator close; I am holding this nurse's hand. I see my mother's shoes as the door closes. Then, jello and ice cream which to this day still mean swollen throat and sore face. I was a bright child and I wish my mother had explained what was happening to me. Scotland, Canada, Great Britain, I think we lived the same things at the same time.


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