It was an average evening. My two older kids were playing in their room, building some lego masterpiece, I was working on the computer, and my husband had just build a “hot” as my 26 month old likes to call our woodstove fires. Dad was in the kitchen fixing the dog some food and my little guy was running through the house showing how fast he was.
An hour or so later as we were all getting ready to eat dinner, my little man decided to get a bit closer to the “hot” than he normally does and he burned his wrist by touching the top of the stove.
Now let me add in here that we’ve gone through many, many training exercises of not touching the stove and about what hot is and feels like. I suppose there’s nothing like first hand experience and at his age, whatever he was doing or trying to put on top of the stove was just too tempting to obey mama and daddy. Now that he’s been burned, he’s very cautious around that stove though.
The Burn – Day 1
So, as soon as he burned himself, we heard him immediately start crying and went to check out his boo-boo. He had a 1 inch by .5 inch burn right across the underside of his wrist where he’d touched the edge of the stove. It didn’t look bad… more like a white patch, but I immediately went into natural nurse mama action mode.
Step 1: Cool the burn. He did not want his hand stuck under cold running water so we kept switching out cool rags to put on his wrist until he calmed down a bit and I felt like the majority of the burning pain was gone.
Both of these things seemed to help him and so we went about our evening as we normally do.
The next morning we’d all forgotten about it, but in the middle of the day he randomly started crying and holding his hand out to me saying “ow”. I looked at his burn to see what the problem was. Overnight it must have turned into a blister and he must have must rubbed his wrist up against something, scraping the blister, popping it, and rubbing that raw area. It looked nasty and I actually saw how bad of a burn it really was… a second degree burn. I knew I needed to do something to help it heal so it wouldn’t get infected or scar so I started thinking.
Step 1: I gathered my supplies to make a bandage over the burn so he’d leave it alone and let it heal. I grabbed some non-stick gauze squares, fun band-aids, my homemade burn cream, lavender essential oil and got to work.
Step 2: I cut each gauze square in half so that I had a small rectangle that would fit perfectly over the burn area. I applied a bit of homemade burn cream to the gauze, 1 drop of lavender essential oil, and placed it on top of the burn. I then covered it with the two bandaids to secure it in place.
My guy didn’t like it at first… most little ones don’t like bandages put over them, but the fun band-aids helped as did covering it up with his sleeve and distracting him with something else. Out of site out of mind, eh?
I left this bandage on all day and took it off at bedtime so it could get some air. Wounds need air in order to form a scab and heal.
Day 3 – Day 5
For the next three days I repeated this process every day. Ointment on during the day while he played and open to air at night while he slept.
The burn was pretty nasty looking at first, but the ointment was definitely helping it to heal and keeping it from getting infected.
Day 6 – Day 9
Since the burn was definitely healing, and I didn’t want to keep bandaging it everyday, I decided to alternate days of ointment and days of air so day 6 it was open to air, day 7 it was bandaged with ointment, and so forth.
Day 10 – Day 14
During this period the burn was entirely healed. New skin had filled it in, but it was still red in that area so during this time I only used the lavender essential oil diluted in the sweet almond oil. I rubbed this on it every morning when he woke up and every evening when he went to bed.
And that was it. The burn was healed, there were no signs of scarring, and my baby was happy and healthy… and staying a good distance from our stove.
I’m sharing this so that if you ever experience a small second degree burn, you’ll have an idea of how to help it heal in a natural way. But, here’s the thing. You need to be prepared. If I hadn’t already made and had my burn cream on hand I honestly don’t think this would have turned out as it did. I needed the herbs in that cream to help do their healing work so I’m glad I was prepared and had that in our natural first aid kit.
Be sure to check out my post “How To Make An Herbal Burn Cream” and this post on why lavender essential oil is good for burns as well as getting all your supplies, linked to above, so that you too can be prepared if you or someone you know ever needs this!