Dec 15, 2008

It burns! It burns!

Well, it happened. I have always worried about having my kids around gas fireplaces because you know they are going to put their hands on the glass. With Jake and Emma we didn't have a fireplace in the house so I just had to worry when we went to my or Nate's parents. Now with Pete we do have a fireplace. We turned it on for the first time this winter and sure enough we had to tell Peter several times to stay away from the glass. Then we turned our back and he did it. He put both hands on the glass. He is so funny though because he didn't really cry, I mean he yelled, but he isn't much of a cryer. His hands didn't blister right then, so it wasn't a second degree burn (yes, for those of you who are thinking it, I am trying to avoid CPS coming to my house so this is my back-pedalling). By the next morning though they were all blistered and looked like they hurt. He didn't fuss or anything though.
So all of this happened Monday night. On Tuesday night Nate suggested that we put Band-Aids over his blistered palms to try to keep them from getting infection. So, here is our first attempt.

On Wednesday I got to thinking that it might be a good idea to call the pediatrician and see if there was anything I should be doing to make sure his hands healed okay. The call went something like this:

Me: My son is 1 1/2 and he burnt his hands on our fireplace. I was just wondering if there is anything I should do so they don't get infected.
(The nurse asks the Dr.)
Nurse: Keep the hands cool, don't put ice directly on them, and bring him in right now.
Me: (Very hesitantly knowing I am going to sound negligent) Uh, well, he did this a couple of days ago, so, should I keep them wrapped or antibiotic ointment?
Nurse: Oh, hmm. Yes. You should wrap them with... yada yada

This is how the nurse instructed me to wrap them, of course not with the tail that is hanging there, that is all Pete. Needless to say the wrapping lasted a total of a couple hours. It appears I may have been a little lax with not taking him in, but they are healing fine, and he is just as happy and "curious" as ever.


Ju and Brack said...

Oh Pete! What a stinker. Too bad he is SO dang cute! Love him.

Julie said...

He is sooo cute!!!!
hope he learned... I swear my boys would still touch it again.

Megan Finlay said...

I can understand. We didn't take Ellie to the doctor the day she broke her leg. When I took her in the next day and found out it really was broken I felt like a terrible mother for not rushing her to the emergency room.
Hope he feels better!

Amara said...

I bet he WON'T touch it again. he's a smart little guy. Presley broke her foot at my house once and I made her walk home on it. We all suck sometimes.

Kelli said...

I wouldn't have taken my kid to the dr. either.
I hope you had a happy birthday.
Hey, I changed my blog address. Not that you read my blog as often as "seriously so blessed", but, you know, I wouldn't want you to miss out on peanut butter bars for breakfast or anything.