Protecting your active toddler from life's bumps and bruises is impossible -- especially during playground season. What can you do soothe her when she takes a little tumble? Be prepared with hugs, kisses and plenty of empathy.
- Sometimes, it's not the injury itself that "hurts," it's the shock of falling down. For a little one, the body's adrenaline-fueled reaction to falling or bumping her head can be more stressful and scary than the fall itself. She might not be physically hurt, but she's pretty upset; a calm-down period will help her get her bearings back.
- Post boo-boo, a big hug from mom or dad is actually exactly what she needs to chill out, not just emotionally but physically: It will signal her body to stop producing adrenaline and start producing oxytocin, which will create feelings of comfort and safety for her.
- Once the tears have stopped flowing, you can administer "first aid" -- whether it's a bandage or a kiss-to-make-it-better or both. You can help talk her through what just happened using simple language so she sees you understand what she's going through; talking about it also makes it seem less scary.
- When it's more than a simple bump or bruise, check out our TopCare® line for bandages and more to treat any minor wound.
- After everyone is calm, move on quickly. Dwelling on a minor injury or scare will do more harm than good; she'll think you are still upset over it and that will feel even scarier to her. Instead, direct her to a lower-impact toy or game until she's ready to jump back on the monkey bars and start the whole process all over again!