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Henry Edwards, an inventor, patented this type of feeding bottle in 1858. It was used to feed infants and invalids and to apply medical treatments. The design means that air is not sucked into the horn-shaped bottle when food is given. If babies swallow air while feeding it can contribute towards colic, a common condition which affects many babies. The mouthpiece points downwards to make it easier to feed infants and patients who are lying down.

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Glossary: feeding

To provide with food or nourishment

Glossary: feeding bottle

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Glossary: colic

Severe abdominal pain caused by obstruction of the intestine or by constipation.