Don't Touch That - It's Hot!!

How many times have you told your child not to touch something because it is hot. I feel like I say those words 839 times a day. Evan has always wanted to help when I'm cooking. He pulls his stool right up to where I am, but I make him stand to the side if I'm at the stove. Up until yesterday, that wasn't a problem.

We were making Macaroni And Cheese for lunch yesterday. I took the pot of pasta off of the stove and Evan decided to randomly stick his hand on the stove at that time. Like anyone would, he immediately started screaming. After about an hour and a half I got him calmed down and had put Neosporin on his burned little fingers. This is a picture from last night-hours after it happened.


I was worried he would be in pain for a long time. He rocked with me and fell asleep about 2 hours after it happened. He slept for a while and when he woke up, he told me he felt all better. We kept his hand wrapped up and put a sock over it so he'd leave it alone.

I left it open for a while after his bath last night, but put bandages back on it at bedtime. He took them off right before going to bed and won't keep anything on them now.

I have some major mommy guilt, but know that these things happen. I just hope none of those blisters pop because that is when I'll have to really worry about infection.

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32 comments:

Mellisa said...

Poor Little Guy! I'm so sorry for you I know how that mommy guilt feels! I have a 6 year old and I remember him playing on the bed with my husband and I. We were all goofing around and he went head first into the footboard and got a huge goose egg right above his eye. My husband and I felt so bad for him and felt so guilty. I hope your little man gets better very soon! :)

Remember accidents happen :)

Grampy said...

I hope he gets better fast. Whenever we serve Maya her dinner we tell her to wait. She has to put her finger in and see if it is really hot.
Kids will be kids.

Clary said...

I am so sorry for Evan. I know you feel really bad and it was a horrible accident. It is not your fault. I hope he heals fast.

Carly said...

Awee Poor Baby. I hate when things that are out of Mommy's Control Happen. Times like this You just wished it happened to you and not them. Hopefully it will heal quickly :)

Crystal said...

Aww poor Evan :(
Gia got a hold of the iron after I was done with it and stuck it to her leg.. I felt SOO bad and it was so gross. It sucks when these things happen and they do. I worry so much about her touching the stove she is always reaching for it.
I hope he is feeling better and I hope mommy is to.

♥Cari♥ said...

Aww! Don't feel like that though, seriously. Curiousity gets the better of kids sometimes, and there's no reason to blame yourself!

The Mommys Place said...

Oh poor little guy, but those things happen as a mommy. I know we feel so bad but don't, your a good mom and all the precaution in the world cant prevent everything.

I did show my 7 yr old the pic as an example of what can happen and we had a nice discussion about why mommy tells him not do certain things etc.

I do hope Evan fingers heal well and his blisters don't pop.

Krystyn said...

Poor Evan...that is one of my biggest fears. Both girls accidentally touch the top of the stove all the time...maybe this is a reminder for me to use the back burners more often.

blueviolet said...

That poor little man! Those blisters are so big! He will never make that mistake again, you can be sure of it!

Linda said...

Ah soo sorry for EVAN. That happened to my 10 month old but it was the oven door at the watchful eye (or should I say UN watchful eye) of my mother in law. (I was putting the toddler to sleep at that time). We took him to the ER and they were very nice, bandaged up for a bit and he was back to new in a few weeks. so been there, done that, I understand.

Six Feet Under Blog said...

Oh no! I hate when little ones get into hot things. It's true, you say it a million times and they don't believe you until it's too late.

Chelle said...

Oh, poor little man!

And poor you, too--it sucks when they get hurt :(

Kati said...

Ahhh! Poor little guy! Caeden has done that before.. and it stinks to see them in so much pain.. but it is definitely a good sign that it isn't too bad!

sharonjo said...

So sorry for your little guy! Burns are so painful. We have one of those flat-top ceramic cooktops and I'm always afraid someone will get burned on the thing--scary.

Don't feel guilty--there's a reason these things are called Accidents.

dannyscotland said...

It's not your fault. I hope he gets better fast.

*Mirage* said...

**HUGS** I know you're probably hurting for him as much as he is or more! The blisters will heal, the lesson will stay. This is how they learn. It's always hard on us moms when our little ones have to learn the hard way. I am so glad he feels all better already! What a brave little guy!

There is a salve that I have used on my kids, that MY mom used on me, and HER mom used on her. It's called Porter's Salve (www.porterssalve.com maybe?)and you have to order it by mail but it's great on burns, even sunburns, and it does better at scar prevention than Neosporin, it relieves pain, and with that salve on there I have never in my lifetime seen anything get infected. Last fall I was cooking, boiling some chicken, and I carried the pot to the sink, slipped on something, and sloshed boiling greasy water down my stomach. It INSTANTLY boiled a good many layers of skin right off me, leaving it hanging off me belly in shreds. The damage was a patchy, curved area about 5 inches long and an inch wide. It sent my body into shock and I was having a hard time focusing on dealing with it until the shock wore off. My husband was out of town, the kids were alseep in bed, it was very late at night, and I didn't want to go to our hometown hospital because it has a horrible horrible reputation. The next nearest one is almost an hour away. I was in shock pretty bad and couldn't get the kids up and in the car and drive myself an hour to the hospital so I dealt with it at home. I plastered a wet paper towel over it and then misted it with aloe water for a few hours. After I peeled the paper towel off gently it was oozing from the open spots with shredded skin hanging off all over, and I put Porter's Salve on it. It never got infected and the scar looks fabulous for being only a few months old. It healed up so well that I have full feeling and no actual scar tissue where my skin boiled off- it actually looks like a very pale birthmark. Just barely a tiny bit different color than the skin around it.
So if you want to get ahold of some Porter's Salve to keep around for the inevitable kid-accidents it is great stuff and I don't think you'll be dissappointed. I put it on my newborns' sore bellybutton spots when their cords fell off. My dad sawed almost through his thumb once and put Porter's on it- healed up perfectly. I fell through a window as a teen and kept Porter's on my stitches- helped alot with the pain. I use it for postpartum tears, ingrown toenails, brush burn. Pretty much any open wound or burn we put it on. It's amazing and been around forever!

natalee said...

awwww poor baby!!!!!!!!!!!!! im sooo sorry...

Oka said...

June 2009, I was getting my eldest dress close ready for a band concert. (My mom was in town visiting and was now in the hospital.) When I was done ironing I put the iron at the very least reachable area on the stove for it to kewl, and went outside to get my 8 year old to get ready for soccer. Next thing I know, my daughter comes running out to tell me Bubby (my then 2 year old) had touched the iron.

He burnt the fingers and the palm of his hands. He ended up with blister on the folds of the hand. Doctor said I had to worry about it scarring shut. Talk about Mom guilt.

Think I would of learned my lesson right? Two weeks ago, I got distracted by a phone call after I took a pot of mac n cheese of the burner (we have one of those glass tops that stays hotter, longer). Bubby walks right by me, climbs on a stool and grabs something off teh back of stove, when getting ready to get down he placed his hand on the burner. Fingers looked just like your picture.

Thankfully, it healed faster than his hand last year, but this mom is now paranoid and screams if he even walks in teh kitchen.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

It is so scary when something like this happens. I hope it heals up soon.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Oh man! I hope his little fingers heal quickly! I don't think my boys have ever burned themselves in the kitchen. Probably because I only let them help me with the non-cooking parts:)

S Club Mama said...

poor baby and poor mommy. i'm just waiting for the day that happens. It'll probably be Isaac though

Katie said...

poor kiddo :( These things happen - I'm sure he will be ok - lots of good thoughts for both of you!

kalea_kane said...

Oh bless your heart. That is so hard. I hope he heals up nice and fast, and please don't be too hard on yourself.

Pink Nothings said...

ohh so sad. hope his little hand gets to feeling better soon.

Hippie4ever said...

Oh poor Evan. I know, that is one of my biggest fears! My son, at only 15 months, thinks the oven handle is his personal chin up bar. He is always playing around my feet while I'm cooking and other than barring him from the kitchen I don't know what to do.

alissa4illustration said...

You can't blame yourself. There are accidents my kids have had, and as much as I wanted to blame myself, daddy, grandma or grandpa, I realised that that's why they call them "accidents".

We've had our fair share. Mica fell on the sidewalk face first when he was younger. He had a BAD scrape all the way down his face. The last thing to heal was between his nose and mouth. He looked like Hitler for one Christmas. I felt so bad for him. He healed.

Isaak got his finger slammed in the door by Mica, and he fell once into the coffee table.

I think kids are always curious and in a hurry.

We need to protect them as much as we can. I never leave my kids alone in a bath, swimming and I won't let them play outside without me. I do what I can and I'm sure you do to.

I do hope Evan's blisters heal up soon! I bet it did hurt!

The Jacobsen Family! said...

Poor thing!! Ouch! It happens to 99% of kids, dont feel bad mommy. Chances are it wont ever happen again! =)

Dawnette Thomas said...

Looks painful! Sorry he learned the hard way.

Marvelous Mommy said...

MAN that stove got him good!! I bet he won't do that again. Poor guy...

Liz said...

How sad for the sweet little guy! My little boy isnt that big yet but im sure ill be having the dont touch that its hot conversation in a few months. I hope he heals quickly.

BabeeLove said...

Poor little guy! I hope he is feeling better (((hugs)))

Christie said...

Poor Evan! I hope he feels better soon. When I was a toddler, I was helping my dad cook dinner. He said we had to wait for the burner to get hot before we could start cooking. I kept asking if it was hot yet and he said "I dunno, touch it and find out" Needless to say I didn't understand sarcasm at that age and did what he said. OUCH!

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