Cholera infantum, or, as this form of disease is generally termed, “summer complaint,” comprises all the various diseases of the digestive organs and brain
with which children are attacked during the summer, and most frequently during dentition, during their second summer. The various forms of diseases of the digestive organs are those attacking the stomach as its principal seat, as catarrh, aridity, inflammation, ulceration, or softening of it, or the intestines alone are the seat of the disease, as an erythematous inflammation, catarrh, excoriations and ulceration.
The disease often appears in different forms, at different seasons and in different localities.
The brain is very frequently the seat of the disease from the very inception of it, and the erroneous idea that a later stage of the disease itself develops the various cerebral symptoms is only a proof that the first observations of the state of the patient’s disturbed health were made inaccurately, and that the cerebral symptoms had been entirely overlooked. The most frequent brain disturbance from the very beginning of the disease, is hydrocephaloid.
If the observing healer has found the cerebral symptoms (dilated pupils, hot head, cold extremities, drowsiness) present in a child during hot weather and the prevalence of cholera infantum, he may avert all further anxieties (especially if the child also vomits) by administering a single dose of Belladonna.