Turns out I sometimes suffer from what I’ve dubbed: Child-Just-Bumped-Their-Head-Or-Fell-Again Deafness. It started with my second child. As a toddler, he fell or bumped into something about every other minute and I unwittingly started to sometimes not even notice he was crying. I wasn’t aware of my disorder until my husband would give me a little nudge or exasperated look. What? I feel bad, it’s just that it happened so often I sometimes forgot to react. Don’t get me wrong though. Everyone mom knows THAT cry. The one that REALLY means their li’l one is hurt and it’s time to drop the laundry basket or get off Facebook (or both), ignore that the coffee is ready and dive Superwoman style to get a big hug in. Well, THAT cry recently came from my 6 year old, accompanied by a whole lot of blood and a trip to the Emergency Room.
It was a Sunday like any other: the kids are circling our bed waiting for us to get up, while the hubby’s trying to read just one more page of his novel and I’m seeing how much more of my People Magazine I can get caught up on (poor Sandra Bullock!), when finally we decide we should probably feed the kids. Just as the hubby was firing up a second round of pancakes and I was perfecting a home-made mocha, our daughter ran out of the kitchen, bumped into the wall which then made her fall onto the corner of the staircase banister and put a big ‘ol gash in her tiny head.
Naturally, I learned a whole lot that day and also turned to Pediatrician Shakha Gillan to find out where I went wrong. [Read more…] about What To Do if Your Child Needs Stitches