My son is in the cruising stage but very close to walking on his own. He recently discovered an empty box is the perfect homemade walker and has been pushing it all over our home. Living in Florida, most of our flooring is ceramic tile with the exception of the bedrooms. Anyway, the next thing I heard was the most piercing cry and I knew immediately there was something wrong. I was making dinner only a couple of feet away from him and realized he had wiped out and was lying face down on the tile.
I rushed over and took a deep breath. I am very queasy when it comes to blood and the thought of my little guy hurting just made me uneasy. I pulled myself together and scooped him up. I quickly realized there was blood pouring out of his chin area. I immediately grabbed a paper towel and started applying pressure while he screamed out of control. My hands were shaking uncontrollably and heart was racing. The wound just kept bleeding and I was worried he may need stitches. After several minutes, I was able to get the bleeding under control and put him in his high chair so I could assess the damage. While he happily ate some finger foods, I realized he was going to be just fine (and so was I).
I’m sure this is the first of many bumps, bruises and scrapes he will get so hopefully I will toughen up. Not sure why I am such a wimp when it comes to blood, but it makes me appreciate nurses and doctors so much more!
Any advice on how I can relax a little about injuries? I don’t want to freak out and cause him to react the same way.
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