Opium for Teething Babies?

Opium for Teething Babies?

Laudanum is a mixture of alcohol and opium (usually 90:10) and was a popular over-the-counter medicine in the 19th century, used for headaches, menstrual cramps, stomach aches and every other ailment imaginable.

One of the craziest uses was for ‘teething syrups’. Parents could use it to soothe fussy babies, and some working parents would even heavily dose their babies before leaving their home so that the babies would sleep during the workday. Nothing like feeding your baby a little opium!

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