https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsQHSC9EC6w Ah, the 21st century; the sort of brilliant but also completely awful time in which we all live. On the one hand, we've got smart phones and Star Wars but on the other, topknots and Donald Trump. Its all relative. One notable area of contention in modern times is the so-called cotton wool state. Health and safety gone mad! youll hear your granddad cry every time he sees so much as a railing. To be fair, we could probably reign it in a little but theres still no denying that things are infinitely safer than they once were. If theres one thing that can be said about the 21st century, its that were significantly better at not inadvertently killing ourselves than we were even 50 years ago. The proof? Look no further than this list of ten deadly things that people once thought were completely harmless. #VictoriansBeCray
10. Brandy For The Baby
The 19th century old wives tale goes that doting parents might be able to quieten a teething baby by rubbing brandy into its gums and, for once, the old wives might well be onto something.
Paediatricians have known for many years now that even small amounts of alcohol can cause enormous problems with babies blood-sugar levels and respiration, so yes, brandy will definitely stop a baby from crying sooner or later. The issue lies in the fact that it might be never cry again.
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