Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Kitchen Goddess - Quick Burn Remedy...Evaporated Milk!

The other day, Pip slipped out of my eyesight for a nanosecond and managed to run into the den where the heat-generating gas stove resides. Normally this area is blocked off completely but for whatever reason, it was not at that exact moment. Of course any toddler will find a way to find that exact moment and pounce on it (how do they do that?!). If the fire in the stove is on, or just recently turned off, the glass is still very hot and this must have been one of those times. She didn't cry at all, but ran out rather quickly making a little whimpering sound. After checking her fingers I realized that she indeed DID burn two of her fingers and they were just beginning to turn red.

I quickly Googled "toddler burn remedies" or some such phrase and I saw something that caught my eye.  A recommendation was to soak the affected area in evaporated milk! I just so happen to have eleventy-billion cans of evaporated milk in the pantry so I placed a thick towel on the floor to lessen the inevitable mess, and poured the can into one of her pretty pink bowls. Piper did not have a problem with sticking her hands in the bowl and splashing the contents everywhere, and magically, her fingers never blistered!  We "played" in the evaporated milk for 10 minutes or so,  and only a little bit of redness remained. Over the next couple of days, the redness turned a purple shade as it healed, but huge, tight, painful blisters never surfaced!  Be sure to give your tiny burn victim a dose of baby acetaminophen to help with any pain they may be having as well, just to be on the safe side.  Also, if the burn seems too severe, you feel uncomfortable with how it looks, or they seem to be in a great deal of pain, trust your gut and call the child's pediatrician.

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