Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Will my baby's face be scarred?
When I got home from work yesterday afternoon, I discovered that Snuggle Bug had been scratched while playing with one of his small wooden blocks that he likes to stack.

I'm terrified that this nasty scratch will scar his little face. Oronzo thinks it will heal just fine, since it's not a cut (there was no blood), just a scratch. Although Oronzo thinks I'm being paranoid, and he's probably right, I'm not taking any chances! I'm placing a call in to his pediatrician this morning, as soon as the office opens, to get him to look at it for us. There's got to be some type of ointment we can put on his face to prevent scarring or infection!

The scratch doesn't seem to be bothering Snuggle Bug in the least, but it's concerning me a great deal. I know I'll feel better after speaking directly to his pediatrician!

Wish us luck! I'll let you know how it goes.

**Edited to add**

So, I went to the doctor's office a bit ago. I didn't have an appointment, I just showed up with Snuggle Bug and asked to see either a nurse or the pediatrician. A nurse came out into the waiting room and examined Snuggle Bug's face. She said the scratch doesn't look infected or overly irritated in any way. If it did, she'd advise me to put neosporin on it. She told me it was a good sign that it's already formed a scab. She did advise me to use lotion on it (I told her I had been putting Aquaphor on his scratch and she said that was just fine). She also recommended that we keep him out of the sun or a hat on him to shade his face when he is outside, to help prevent scarring. She assured me that the scratch should heal just fine.

Whew! What a relief! I feel much better having had his face looked at and getting advice from the nurse. Best of all, I wasn't charged a dime for my drop in visit. How nice is that?!

Now, if I can just convince Oronzo to keep a hat on Snuggle Bug when they're outside, while I'm at work, all will be fine.

I think this is as good of an excuse as any to go shopping with Snuggle Bug for a new hat or two, don't you think? :)

4:35 AM

At 12:39 AM, Anonymous Mieneke said...

Aw, Little Man! That looks like it smarted!
As the Mamma of a little accident prone Munchkin I can tell you that, to me, this looks like it will heal up just fine again.
Let us know what the pediatrician says.
Best of luck!

At 1:35 AM, Blogger sheri said...

Ahh, poor Mommy. Yes, kids get scraps and cuts and bruises; but it is the mommy's who really suffer with worry.

When you talk to the pediatrician ask about that new cream that is on the market that is supposed to get rid of small scars. I think it is some type of lotion, but it might work for minor scars and it may help releave your anxiaty.

I think that Snugglebug will be fine though. When it first heals, it might look like a scar, but I doubt that it will remain.

Poor Mommy. It's so hard on mommy to watch their kids have these little accidents.

At 5:04 AM, Blogger Stacey said...

I have used vitamin E ointment on my kids little scrapes and scratches and for the hundreds of scrapes and scratches they've had there is nary a scar to be found on their little porcelain bodies.
I think it is worth checking out because really, you never know. And you know what, even if it is just to give the Mama peace, sometimes those co-pays are worth it!

Let us know!

At 6:18 AM, Anonymous Erin said...

I suspect he will heal up just fine but I totally understand the calling the dr's office to make sure :) I've probably paid more in co-pays and spent more time than I needed to at the dr's office in order to make sure Widget is okay!

I also think using a cream to help is a good idea. Neosporin/generic version works pretty well.

At 6:50 AM, Blogger Barbie said...

I bet he'll be just fine. My little ones have had plenty of scratches, even bleeding ones, on their faces and they have all healed without scars. I know how hard it is to see at first. You love him a lot:)

At 8:14 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

Ouch! That looks like it must have hurt! It doesn't look as though it should leave a scar, especially being no blood. I know Kayla's scratched herself plenty of times and no scars (that I could tell anyway) There is something you can by OTC called "scarderma" (at least I think that's the name) it's supposed to help prevent little scars ... that might help.

Let us know what the ped says!

At 9:15 AM, Blogger Sandra said...

OUch that looks like it hurts. I'm sure he'll be fine. I understand your concern though, we always freak out when one of our kids gets hurt :)

Let us know how the visit goes.

At 9:37 AM, Blogger Karla said...

Oh, poor guy. :(
Our Bean took a spill in the driveway (face plant to concrete) a couple weeks ago. There was blood. I was mortified. You'll be amazed at how quickly a youngster's skin "turns over."
I'll have to send you a picture of our sweet Bean with her lip and nose all torn up. :(
Our pediatrician told us, when the "wound" is closed and on its way to being completely healed, to keep lots of sunscreen on it and that would help eliminate or minimize scarring.

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Catch said...

awww poor Snugglebug....but I agree with the shopping....any excuse to shop is a good enough excuse!

At 1:27 PM, Anonymous 3catsmeow4me said...

Glad to hear that all is well with that adorable face.

At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Autumn said...

aww poor baby. I'm glad it wasn't any more serious than a scratch. Sadly bumps and bruises and cuts are just part of growing up. All kids are going to get them. It probably hurts us mom's worst than the kids when they happen..

At 1:51 PM, Blogger RNP said...

Well, I am sure it was a relief that it wasn't infected. It sounds like he may need some new wooden blocks-or some plastic ones so that this doesn't happen again.

He has the most beautiful eyes :)

At 2:16 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Thanks for the update; glad you had your worries eased at the doctor's office!

At 2:35 PM, Blogger DeAnna said...

So glad all is well. I know that can be scary - Isabella had a nice gash over her head at 18 months. And most definitely this is a good excuse to shop for a new hat!
Isabella was sitting with me when I opened your blog and she saw the picture and said "Ohhhhh, poor baby!" :)

At 3:02 PM, Blogger Trish said...

He looks so pityful in that picture! I am glad he is ok. And any excuse is as good as any to go shopping! WOOT WOOT!

At 3:12 PM, Blogger Barb said...

Every little scratch is scary, especially on their little faces. But these little guys have some amazing regenerative powers. I understand about the sunscreen, though. I can see where new skin would be a different color if the old skin is exposed to the sun. Even that wouldn't be permanent but it would be there for a while. I assume you're replacing the wooden blocks with plastic until he's a little older. Thank goodness it wasn't a bad cut!

At 3:19 PM, Blogger Tammy and Parker said...

Aquaphor is amazing stuff! I think your instincts to use that were right on target!

When I have had moles removed they have told me to use hydrogen peroxide and then the neosporin to make sure no scars form. But if this scratch isn't infected then I don't think you'll need to worry.

I love reading about those beautiful mommy bear instincts. =)

And, heck, if you are going to be shopping anyway won't you need a couple of outfits to go with those hats? =)

At 4:27 PM, Blogger Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

Poor thing..Aquaphor is an amazing product. When healed can put cocoa butter on it will help lesson the scar.

At 4:37 PM, Blogger Pamela said...

Wow, OW when I think of all the little cuts and bruises my little ones got growing up...you are never going to make it little mama. They'll be wheeling you in the ER. lol He has thee most beautiful eyes,wow!

S h o p p i n g ... did somebody say
s h o p p i n g! woo hoo! I'm with Tammy and Parker on that one.

At 6:27 PM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

It won't leave a scar and as he gets older there are more to come. He will be fine. I remember when my second daughter fell and hit her forehead. She woke up with two huge black eyes and I just freaked. She looked like a racoon! I even took a picture. It took a while but her eyes eventually returned to normal. I am not sure I ever did though! ha!

At 8:12 PM, Blogger Jen said...

Sweet little thing...I dont think it would scar...but to be on the safe side..ask your dr....and maybe there is a cream you can ut on it to prevent any scarring...I'm afraid the only scar will be your heart...I know how mommas love thier baby boys....

At 8:19 PM, Blogger Tracey said...

Awww... I bet it looks worse than it is. Keep up the treatments that they suggested and I'm sure he'll be fine.

At 9:01 PM, Blogger Brony said...

Things always look worse than they are.
I'm sure he'll be fine in no time.

It's always sad to see cuts and scraps on the face. Looking at the picture, I don't think it will scar. My boys have had so many scraps. Keep up the treatments and all will be well.

When my youngest was five he fell of a chair at McDonalds and cut just above his eye so bad he needed five stitches. Today, his scar is such a part of his personality that I barely remember him without it.

At 9:28 PM, Anonymous chelle said...

aww I totally understand your concern. Becca gets a lot of scraps because of her sight, however never like that on her face or I would have been running too!!!

That said, only her knees have white marks on them and that is more from the sun exposure than the wound...never fear ever vigilant Mommy!

At 8:07 PM, Blogger Chappyswife said...

Oh, I can't stand it when a little one gets hurt. I'm glad it worked out okay!


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