I suspect that for most of us Punch—the weekly humorous magazine published in London—would seem an unlikely source for information about proper health regimens for young children. But the following mildly satiric quotation published almost a century and a half ago would suggest that Punch was keenly concerned about children's health.
We . . . did notice in the Court Circular . . . a paragraph from which some profit may be derived. In the midst of a series of announcements respecting the birth-day of Princess Alice, we came to the following:
"At five o'clock in the afternoon Her Majesty received a small juvenile party, etc. The Queen accompanied by the Royal children, received the youthful visitors in the saloon, in which the juveniles danced, and afterwards proceeded to the library, where refreshments were served. The juvenile party left the Palace soon after seven o'clock."
Here is an admirable example to those who are in the habit of giving children’s parties, commencing at eight or nine p.m., and terminating at one or two in the morning, when the jaded juveniles crawl away with at least six months' health taken out of them by late hours, excitement and fatigue. The Queen, as a mother and a sensible woman, knows when "it is time that all good children should be in bed," as the nurse's saying goes, and she most properly sets herself above the fashionable foolery of half killing children under the pretext of amusing them.
The juvenile party at the Palace was short and sweet, beginning early, breaking up in good time, and not interfering in the least with the usual hours that ought to be observed in all well-regulated families.