Let’s face it our kids are gonna get hurt! If your kids are anything like mine it will be on a constant day-to-day basis sometimes hourly when you have a whole tribe of them.
When it comes to an open wound the first thing you need to do is assess how bad it is. It goes without saying if it’s gushing blood and you can’t control it you call 911 or get them to the nearest emergency room.
My motto is: if I’m not sure what to do I go to the doctor, hospital or call 911 depending on the severity.
If it’s not extreme bleeding I first try to rinse the area to see if there is any gravel any other foreign objects in it. I rinse lightly first because I don’t want to start cleansing or rubbing and possibly embed something deeper. I have a couple of squeamish kiddos in my house – not gonna name names ;). Even saying I’m gonna rinse it with water they start screaming like their arm is being chopped off. I tread very lightly with them.
If I see any debris I will wash it a little harder (spray nozzle from the kitchen sink or shower works best) to try to get as much dirt out as possible before I start cleansing.
To clean the wound I soak gauze pads in baby shampoo and warm water. You can use wash cloths or paper towels if that’s what you have on hand. I use the baby shampoo because it has a lower acidity than regular soaps, which will cause less irritation. This will allow my child to sit still just a little longer, giving me time to get the area as clean as possible. Using the baby shampoo makes a big difference in the way my child tolerates having the injured area cleaned.
Once it’s cleaned I am able to see if further medical treatment is necessary. Most times it just needs the cleaning and to be covered to prevent further contaminants from entering. The big hugs, kisses and attention from mom goes a long way in making the ouchie feel better, ice cream helps too.
Keeping a wound clean and covered is key, antiseptics are usually not necessary. If at any time you see pus, the wound becomes red, tender, warm to the touch or you see a red line seek medical attention.
When it comes to my kids getting hurt I go with my gut instinct if something doesn’t feel right I take them to be seen. If I’m unsure, I take them to be seen. What’s the worst that could happen? I’ll be told nothings wrong? Hey, sounds like great news to me. Frankly doctors and medical staff really don’t mind being there to reassure us parents.
I’m grateful for my health. I’m starting to feel so much better. That kidney infection knocked me to my knees. I’m grateful in some ways that I got sick. It gave me time to reflect and see how much I am blessed with. I was also reminded to take the time to slow down and enjoy my family. Each day is a blessing, I need to keep things a little more simple and take pleasure in the now.