My son had his first major boo boo this past weekend. He was horsing around with a stroller, took a bad tumble on a driveway, and ended up with a bad gash on his forehead, a split lip, and scrapes/scabs around his nose.
Fortunately, we were staying with a doctor who swooped in and calmly cleaned and pulled the cut together, assuring us he would not need stitches. In just moments, it all went from looking like a freshly birthed placenta on top of a tiny forehead to a kid with a simple bandage:
- Head wounds bleed a LOT.
- When you have a big cut, you want to pull the skin back together. Maria did this with medical tape.
- You can put antibacterial ointment on the inside of a bandaid before putting bandaid on wound (instead of trying to dab a cut directly with ointment).
- One of my husband's mantras for keeping stress at bay works well for emergency response: "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast."