Comforting an Injured Child

Children are a package of naughtiness, playfulness and loads of curiosity. And when they are out and about just being their own naughty-self, they will fall/tumble and hurt themselves.

These ‘boo-boo’ and scrapes can be painful at times and at times, just about bearable. Pain isn’t really a comforting feeling, and when children are in pain, they’ll be out looking for reassurance. They cry because they want you to acknowledge what happened to them and want you to make sure that they’re okay. They look out for comfort in times of pain and you as a parent need to be there for them. From scraped knees during a football game or a honeybee sting – here are some ways to handle and comfort an injured child.

1) Being There:

It’s important for you to be present, even if you’re just holding your child when he/she is injured. Administer first aid as soon as possible or even kiss the boo-boo away – kids need to see you taking action and know that you’re in control. Your actions can calm your child down and help divert their mind from the pain.

2) Calm:

Don’t freak out when you come across your child’s injury. The way your child will perceive his/her hurt is directly proportional to how you react to it. You freak out, your child will too! You stay calm and your child will stay calm too; this will make the situation easier to manage.

 3) Involving:

Help your child be in control of the situation by involving them in the treatment. Ask them questions about their situation and even explain what’s going on. Let them place the ice cube on their boo-boo or let them choose their own band-aid or let them hold the ointment.

4) Distraction:

Sing a song, make silly faces and crack jokes! Do anything to take your child’s mind off the injury. Distraction helps kids move on quicker. Jokes and silly faces can help help ignore the pain and move on quicker.

Once your children grow older, they’ll be mature enough to register the first aid themselves or as in most cases, they won’t even be bothered by the pain that the hurt has caused! Though, in their infant years, make it a point to cajole them and help them get over the pain, lest they develop an unwarranted fear of it.

Swati Bhatt


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