"I hit my ear"

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I must have had 5 or 6 of these complaints so far this year. "I hit my ear on a pole on the playground" or "I hit my ear on the door."

Do you mean you hit your head?

"No it's just my ear." Usually points to indicate the top of the pinna, where cartilage piercings would be. (Thankfully mine are all too young for that.) Never any swelling, discoloration, they let me touch and manipulate the area without saying "ow."

It's just so weird! Has anyone else had that? What do you do for it?

kidzcare

3,393 Posts

Has 5 years experience.

I usually say my assessment outloud. As in "Ok, well I can see that it is a little tender when I touch it, but there is no swelling or open skin. Let's hold some ice on it for a while"

toomuchbaloney

9,793 Posts

Specializes in NICU, PICU, Transport, L&D, Hospice. Has 44 years experience.

"Dang, that must have hurt, let me see...yup, let me put some of my special salve on it and you are good to go" (grabs packet of vaseline and gently massages injured ear part). sent on way with kudos for bravery in face of injury...

Specializes in School nursing.
"Dang, that must have hurt, let me see...yup, let me put some of my special salve on it and you are good to go" (grabs packet of vaseline and gently massages injured ear part). sent on way with kudos for bravery in face of injury...

Vaseline is a miracle cure!

NanaPoo

762 Posts

Specializes in School Nursing, Hospice,Med-Surg. Has 18 years experience.

I haven't tried Vaseline as a miracle cure but that's a great idea!

Kids come in all the time with those kinds of complaints - we use small baggies of ice wrapped in a tissue.

Mostly from the playground and the Bun's Up game or soccer.

Specializes in Med nurse in med-surg., float, HH, and PDN. Has 43 years experience.

What? Nobody kissed the boo-boo and made it all better? :eek: (ick!)

Specializes in Med nurse in med-surg., float, HH, and PDN. Has 43 years experience.

I know. Just being goofy. :yes: You know how I get.....

sharpeimom

2,452 Posts

Specializes in ortho, hospice volunteer, psych,. Has 20 years experience.

When the boys next door come to tell me about their days, it always includes a detailed report of any injuries they have incurred that day, who threw up, who barfed enough that the janitor had to come and put sawdust on it, who got timeouts and for what, who burped really loudly, who touched his tongue to the water fountain that day.... etc. etc. etc.

They are five, seven, and ten and I'll miss their visits and reports when their lives get more interesting, but for right now, a kiss and a hug still cures a lot of owies.

Farawyn

12,646 Posts

Has 25 years experience.

I keep thinking "Put a little Windex on it!"

Thimbalina

119 Posts

Rub a little dirt on it and you're good to go.