If you missed it on Twitter last night, my child managed to stump me once again. I knew when I became a parent that there was going to be a learning curve and believe me I've had my fair share of moments where I didn't really know the answer for certain baby related situations. As we all know children do not come with instruction manuals. Sure, most of the times you can try different things and methodically work your way through the situation, but I've found that it's the emergency situations that have completely stopped me in my tracks and the thought of "Oh shit. What exactly am I suppose to do here?" flows through my mind as I stand paralyzed taking in the situation.
I'm not an over reactor. Well, I take that back. I do a lot of overreacting, but when it comes to emergencies...the real ones, not the "I have nothing to wear ones"....I'm strangely calm. I don't spring from the car if there is a wreck, I don't run over to someone if they have fallen. I access the situation, hit up google, call my parents or in this case...ask twitter.
Yes, this would be my son with a rainbow sprinkle stuck in his ear.
I just happened to notice the little green sprinkle probably a few hours after it had gotten wedged in the wax laden ear (I do clean them from time to time, I promise) and I have to say my first response was laughter. The next response was to grab a camera (I know...probably not the best response but situations like these must be documented because one day I will need to tell these stories to his girlfriend). I'd like to add here that he was never even aware of the sprinkle so no harm was done in my response or lack there of.
Anyways, I knew I had two options....
1. Try to get it out and risk jamming it further in.
2. Leave it be to let it work itself out and risk infection.
I knew there was no way I was attempting option one without my husband present (let's face it...I needed an extra set of hands) so in the mean time I consulted twitter and my mom who provided some very funny stories along with a variety of options to try.
In the end, I decided to go with the tweezer method. Ethan was surprisingly still for me. To be honest he had more issues with me getting the wax out of his ear than retrieving the sprinkle.
I'm sure this is just the beginning of a long string of "emergency" situations in the life of an adventurous boy. I'm starting to think I might need to take a first aid course so I don't stand frozen trying to remember if it's hot or cold water to use if he burns his hand at some point. I'm pretty sure I won't have time to run ask twitter in those types of situations.
Oh wild man, I think you are going to keep mama on her toes!
***Disclaimer: No child was harmed during this experience. He never shed a tear and I assure you that in a truly urgent situation I would not run to twitter or to my camera. I am a responsible parent despite the fact that a sprinkle got stuck in my child's ear. End of disclaimer...continue on.***