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A soothing syrup

A soothing syrup

In late-19th-century New Zealand, as in Britain, it was a common practice for mothers to quieten their infants with syrups that contained opium. Despite the reassuring tone of this advertisement from Thames in 1884, some doctors did become concerned at the possible effects of the opium on young children.

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Reference: Thames Advertiser, 13 February 1884, p. 3

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Jock Phillips, 'Drugs - Restricting drugs, 1866 to 1965', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013