BILL ROLLINSON FOLK MEDICINE
Extract from a lecture “Life and Tradition in the Lake District”.
On the subject of teeth:
“You know when a child is teething, it sort of cries and it’s obviously in some sort of distress, to improve the teeth of a child, rub the gums with the brains of a hen or let a horse breathe into the child’s mouth twice a day, which may prevent convulsive fits – it’s more likely to give the child convulsive fits. That was certainly used in the eighteenth century in the lakes”.