Beggs' Soothing Syrup

The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
Cures wind colic, cramps, dysentery, canker sore mouth, and banishes pain
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
before 1906
Beggs Manufacturing Company
Physical Description
glass (overall packaging material)
liquid (overall medicine)
overall: 5 in x 1 3/16 in x 1 3/16 in x 3.5 cm; 12.7 cm x 3.01625 cm x 3.01625 cm x 1 3/8 in
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Pain & Neuralgia Drugs
Diarrhea Drugs
Infant & Children's Products - Pediatrics
G.E. Damon Collection
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


"I recently found a Beggs' Soothing Syrup bottle in a river, and it's in great condition with no cracks, and I think only a tiny chip on the bottle's lip. "Beggs' Soothing Syrup " is molded on the side of the bottle and it's about 5-6 inches tall. Was this one of those drugs that they put morphine in to calm children? I'm extremely excited about this find!"

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