Did you know....

In medieval Europe, leeches were commonly used to treat babies’ illnesses. For example, leeches were placed on a baby’s windpipe for croup. Additionally, teething babies were commonly purged or bled.

Source: O’Hara, Georgina. 1989. The World of the Baby: A Celebration of Infancy through the Ages. New York, NY: Doubleday.

Can you imagine having leeches on you? I hated those things growing up! Ewww...

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    They used leeches for everything. They thought illness was in the blood.
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