Cooling burns on babies
A few months ago, Red Chief got into the oven. The hot oven. I wanted to share what I did in hopes that it will help someone else some time.
Red Chief hates us holding ice to his owies, whether they be burns or bumps--and he gets his fair share. I don't blame him. It's very uncomfortable, and when your parents put ice on you it's hard to wiggle around.
Usually I just compromise and do it for less time than I usually would. But after he touched the inside of the hot oven door, I couldn't compromise: he just had to have the ice. Mr. Mordecai wasn't home to hold him down, so I had to do it on my own.
Thinking fast, it occurred to me that if I could make it into a game, it might work better than trying to force a squirmy, screaming child to keep ice on his painful little hands.
I spread out a blanket on the floor. I set down a large, rimmed baking sheet, and on top of it, a heavy, enameled Dutch oven full of ice water. (Edit: cool tap water is preferable to ice water.) I chose the Dutch oven because it is too heavy for Red Chief to tip over. I had some towels handy.
We played in the ice water for about an hour--far longer than we needed to, probably, but Red Chief was having a great time. His hands healed completely within the week.
Epilogue: Red Chief now knows the word "hot." All food is hot, whether it just came out of the oven or just came out of the freezer. We're working on the finer shades of meaning, but for now, if it gets him to not touch stuff, that works for me.
I won't pretend that he never tries to get into the oven. But at least now he usually puts on oven mitts first, which is a great tip-off to me.