Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Not All Band-Aid
Today Micah burned his middle finger on the sandwich-maker.
The sandwich-maker was my mum-in-law's Mothers' Day gift from her other son like 8 years ago. We hardly use it, kept in it's original box still in the store room, but today it was brought out after a bawling Max demanded for waffles. No waffles maker, so the next "magic" Grandma could do was to bring out the sandwich-maker.
Of course, for our over-curious 4 year old, even after you have warned him 10 times over that the thing is hot, he still has to check it out for himself.
So Micah burned his finger but did not dare cry as he had been warned.
Grandma made a big fuss and reported from the kitchen aloud. I was about 15 feet away, nursing a sleepy and sobbing Max. So then Micah came and showed me a red spot on his finger, and asked, "Do I need a plaster?"
"No, use a cream, or better, aloe vera."
Grandma brought in an inch of cut aloe vera, spread a little of its goo on Micah's finger, and within minutes Micah declared, "No more pain!" He did not like the smell though.
While grandma was putting on the aloe vera, Micah got a quick lecture on treating injuries:
You don't put plaster for everything, Micah.
Plaster is only for cuts, to stop bleeding and to keep germs off the wound.
If you have a bruise, rub it gently now and then.
When you have a burn, use aloe vera.
"Can you put plaster for a stomach ache?" I asked the obvious just to make a point.
Max: "No. You put hot hot oil*."
Micah and I gave a resounding affirmation. :)
Max forgot about sleep after that, and soon Micah took his nap.
* Hot hot oil, to my boys is the yu-yi oil, a reddish oil that gives a burning sensation, useful for expelling wing in infants.