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An Easter owie

It could have been worse.  It could have been her eye.  In the grand scheme of things, this is a minor injury, but still, I’m sad about it. My baby got an owie on her cheek, and she’s been so brave…but it completely breaks my heart as I worry about a longterm scar.  I cried after it happened.  We were in a crowded room and I held it together pretty well, but after I cried. It could have been much worse.

It was the end of church. My family gathered to my class where I teach the teenage girls to try to co-erce me to come out quicker. My son was headed to the plate of treats that I brought with my little one following close behind. I went to head him off, and didn’t realize she was there and bumped into her which pushed her into the silver metal edge of the chalkboard eraser holder–right at her cheek level. She cried. I immediately picked her up and saw a pin prick of blood, and rushed her over to my (calm and steady health professional) husband as I realized the full extent of the damage. Others around looked with worried faces, and I wished we were in an empty room.  But a friend of mine ran to get ice while another got a wet towel and another assured me that all would be well. Hubby pulled out his handy dandy cloth handerchief from his pocket (does anyone else still do this?) before the ice arrived. When we got to the car, I cried as I worried about a scar (something eerily similar happened to my older daughter on her eyebrow and there is a scar, but it was deeper). Oh, my baby girl….frowny face.

But she was a champion and held the ice on her face all the drive home (as I sat next to her in her carseat trying to help, but she wanted to hold it by. her. self.)

Hubby pulled it together with one bandaid, and we put Hello Kitty on top. She’s pretty excited about that.

So excited, she had to check out her new accessory in my bedroom mirror.

So any tips?  Sunscreen, mederma, anything else I should know?

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  1. my baby girl had a cut just like this except we had to go to the ER and they glued it shut. she had a black eye forever. she’s fine and i don’t notice a scar at all. i would definitely use me derma…i’ve hear it works wonders.

  2. Our brand new fence which was freshly cut cattle guard framed with wood fence hit a rock and swung back and cut the skin around under my husband’s eye. He wouldn’t go to the ER since it was on a Friday night, so we went to People’s Rx and they gave his this great band aide plus this fabulous ointment which has calendula in it. Here we are nine years later and he doesn’t have a scar. Yea! He put it on his eye per my persuasion every day for three months, but it paid off in the long run. The great things about children is their skin is renewed and growing all the time, so if you put calendula on it it will make a huge different.

  3. Suzanne says:

    I hope her owie doesn’t scar but I bet I’m not the only one who will attest to the fact that your daughter is beautiful and always will be.

  4. Awww… that must have hurt, even more you than her. But in a way only kids know how to do the band-aid makes it almost all better. :) On a side note… she is seriously gorgeous!!!

  5. So sad. My little guy had a bad face injury and I worried about a scar. Eventually it all cleared up but one tiny spot on him forehead you hardly notice. It took a few months for it not to be viable, so hopefully you little one will have he same thing happen. And yes, my husband still carries a cloth hanky. I have been lad he’s had it more than once.

  6. Mederma 3 times a day (cleaning it each time) for a few weeks and always sunscreen. She is so young you probably won’t even be able to see it in a few years. I had my handle bars of my four wheeler go through my mouth and you can barely see the scar now. I babied it for about 2 years! watch the sun this summer and it will be good.

  7. Sherron Kendrick says:

    Lavendar and Helichrysm are amazing for scarring. We are tending to a pretty wicked scar (not wound) at our house right now. I just keep the oils on my kitchen desk – since my child and I cross path’s in the kitchen most often. :) Just takes a second but we do it 3-4 times a day. It will feel more like you’re administering a little TLC through your gentle healing touch than administering first aid. Perhaps because the calming aroma of the oil makes it a quick pleasant moment for both of you. Try it, I think you’ll like it.

  8. Oh darn! I bet it won’t leave too bad of a scar, and hey scars give character, right? One of my girls got a cut in her eyebrow when she was 18 months and it is pretty noticeable bc the hair won’t grow where the scar is. I was worried about it bothering her but so far she doesn’t care (she’s almost 7 now). Your girl is a cutie pie. Hope it heals well, we used Mederma for kids and I think it helped with the healing.

  9. Margaret says:

    My little girl did the same thing at church except it was her forehead. Maybe that could be a service project for the YW–make bumper pads for the chalkboards at church! Why does it have to happen to our sweet girls so we have to worry about scarring?! I hope she feels better soon.

  10. Kristen Duke says:

    Thanks for the suggestions and love everyone! I think scars give character, but that is a sad spot (to me) for character. I am going to look into all of these…thanks!!!

  11. Jacqueline says:

    Vitamin E capsule – poke a hole in the end with a sterile pin, and apply several times a day.
    She has a beautiful dress on, by the way.

  12. Norman hill says:

    The key is to keep the scab that forms moist and pliable. Any kind of moisturizer helps do that. Neospoium is goo, too. Don’t let her play with the scab that forms, let it disappear on it’s own by keeping something on it. That’s the best way to avoid a scar.

  13. Norman hill says:

    The%20key%20is%20to%20keep%20the%20scab%20that%20forms%20moist%20and%20pliable.%20Any%20kind%20of%20moisturizer%20helps%20do%20that.%20Neospoium%20is%20goo%2C%20too.%20Don’t%20let%20her%20play%20with%20the%20scab%20that%20forms%2C%20let%20it%20disappear%20on%20it’s%20own%20by%20keeping%20something%20on%20it.%20That’s%20the%20best%20way%20to%20avoid%20a%20scar.

  14. Use 1% hydrocortisone cream with aloe. Apply to the site 3-4 times a day with gentle massage. This is cheaper than buying Mederma and is just as effective! My vascular surgeon taught me this trick & I used this on my patients!
    Make sure it’s the cream…NOT ointment!
    Good luck!