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Help! Daughter burned hand

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My 2yr old daughter burned about 70% of the palm of her R hand last night on our flat-surface cooktop. We went to the ER and they gave us Lortab for pain and Silvadene cream as well as bandages to change the dressings. All of the burns are 2nd degree. My questions is--do they make any type of mitt or sock to put over the bandages to keep her from pulling them off? She keeps biting them with her teeth and ripping them off. In desperation last night, I finally put a clean sock over the bandages, and lightly wrapped tape around her wrist to prevent her from ripping them off. Any advice would be appreciated! I also posted this in the burn nursing forum as well.

Thanks in advance!

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babynurselsa has 12 years experience and works as a rn-er,nicu.

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what you did is right on target. Unfortunately a 2 year old can't be made to understand why she needs to leave the bandage alone.

Good luck.

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BSNtobe2009 works as a full-time student.

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Hey, just out of curiosity, how did she get up there?

I have a 2 year old and I'm always looking out for dangers I didn't consider.

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babynurselsa has 12 years experience and works as a rn-er,nicu.

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My 2 year old can reach my stovetop without any trouble. If that isn't bad enough he is very handy with the stepstool. He has developeda recent fascination with the stove know.

I have to watch him like a hawk.

I can see it easily enough. always also make sure your pan handles are toward the back of the stove. I could go on and on and on.

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Fiona59 has 18 years experience.

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My first did the same thing. Pulled the step stool over and touched what he thought were cool rings. He healed fine, no scar, no permanent damage.

Don't beat yourself up.

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wooh works as a RN & Critter Mama.

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At work, to cover hand iv's on the little kids we'll take the medium or large size booties and pull them over the hand, like you did with the sock, that's probably going to be your best bet!

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collegebound works as a everything under the sun!.

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Hey, just out of curiosity, how did she get up there?

I have a 2 year old and I'm always looking out for dangers I didn't consider.

My 5 year old had a chair pulled up and was helping me cook (a nightly occurance) and the youngest joined her (also a regular occurance). Our cooktop is on a peninsula so they were on the back side. I was boiling potatoes to mash on the front burner. When I took them off to drain, she reached across for something, putting her R hand right on the hot burner. We had until now really enjoyed our nightly cooking sessions. Each of them allowed to stir or add ingredients. I have always been extra careful when the youngest was up there helping too, but I guess I was lulled into complacency since we have done this for so long with nothing going wrong that I let my guard down. I know it only takes a second and that was exactly how long it took!! I am not beating myself up in the sense that I know accidents happen, but I do feel a bit dumb for letting my gaurd down around something so dangerous.

Thanks for all the support and opinions!

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P_RN has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a RN-i (RETIRED).

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Oh the poor little tyke. I wonder would some kind of viscous Lidocaine be mixed into the Silvadene? You might ask your doc. When my son was little he cut his knee on the threads on a water faucet. I took magic marker and painted swords and stars etc on the bandage. It had metal stays to keep him from bending.

It worked for me. He still remembers having a "splint" like the foot ball players wear.

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