I was about to go out the door to my annual dermatology appointment when the phone rang. It was just minutes before 8am and I noticed it was my next door neighbors calling, a young couple with a nine month old baby.
An Urgent Call
They most often text, so a call is rare. I felt a sense of urgency. The father’s name popped up on caller ID, “Hi Mike, I’m just going out the door, what’s up?” That’s my signal that I don’t have much time to talk.
“Carole, do you have any first aid supplies? Sara just cut her finger pretty badly on the baby’s food mill.”
“I’ll be right there!” my quick reply.
I put my coffee mug down (which I was planning to drink on the way to the doctor’s office), went to the bathroom and grabbed the peroxide, sterile cotton balls and bandages off my first aide shelf. Purse on my shoulder, one arm in my sweater and I was out the door running over to the neighbors.
Mike greeted me with a half worried smile on his face and I enter the living room where Sara was sitting on the floor in a semi meditative pose trying to relieve the pain…mind over matter.
I saw her bandaged finger hand was resting on her knee and strongly suggested “hand above your heart to slow the bleeding. Mike, do you have any ice because cold will constrict the blood vessels and slow the bleeding also.”
As Sara put her hand on her head, injured index finger pointing up, he acknowledged “good idea. The bleeding already seems to be slowing down a bit.”
First Aid is Essential
“Here’s some peroxide, cotton balls and bandages, what else do you need?” I put the supplies on the side table and noticed the package of Rub-A-Dents. Sara had been using Rub-A-Dent on Adam since birth and she often told me how Adam loved the routine at bath time.
“I think this will do, shall I just dab the peroxide on her finger?” Mike asked, now somewhat calm.
“Either that or pour it directly onto her finger in the bathroom sink. Are you feeling faint, Sara?” I asked, “because if so, you should sit on the sofa with you head between your legs.”
“No, this is fine for right now” she replied in a quiet, soft voice.
I glanced over at baby Adam. He was sitting on the floor, wide eyed starring at his mommy. “Hey Adam”, I reassured, “your mom’s going to be fine. We’ re taking good care of her.”. He smiled his dimpled little smile as his dad scooped him up in his arms.
“We were going to go to the emergency room but I think we’re OK now Carole, thank you so much.” Mike breathed a sigh of relief.
“You are welcomed, I’ll check back with you later!” As I was heading toward the front door, Sara called out, “Oh Carole, I’ll still be able to use the Rub-A-Dent with my other hand. Adam won’t miss a day!” I smiled as I walked down the front porch stairs.
Rub-A-Dent™ is a finger brush and bracelet for cleaning babies gums from birth. Developed by a dental hygienist, Carole Nese, RDH, BS, Rub-A-Dent addresses the issues of keeping baby’s mouth clean and free from harmful germs that they may pick up from other children, adults or hands in the mouth. Carole is available for presentations and story telling about infant oral health and total well being for the entire family.