This is so accurate. At school, we literally have children who will watch our facial expressions to see if them falling is as bad as they think it might be.
CORRECT CHILD INJURY PROCEDURE:
- do not react. at the most, maybe wince and go “ooooh”
- go over to the child to assess panic level and severity of injury
- if they’re like, dying, remain calm, but they’re probably not.
- look them in the eye and ask, “you okay?” they will nod. possibly all teary-eyed. then ask, “are we gonna need to cut it off?”
- the child is thrown off. if they giggle, you’re in the money. if they do not, put a bandaid on and do some sympathetic patting. they are probably a little teary. let the sad little bug sit out for a minute. they will quickly get bored.
- works every time
"sad little bug" is the cutest and most accurate term ive heard used to describe a child because sometimes bugs are kinda super cute sometimes bugs are really fucking annoying and sometimes bugs are downright TERRIFYING
I can confirm this. A five year old was riding his bike, a two wheeler that he had learned just a few weeks before, and he was biking ahead of me. Sadly, I was watching the younger child at the moment and helping him with his bike though it had training wheels (he couldn’t get the bike to move) when his older brother went and fell just as I turned to see where he was. He was crying and upset and he had a small, nasty cut on his hand. He cried, but not loudly. I could see it hurt and at first his little brother told him to shake it off and he nearly did but was like nope theres blood. He never screamed, even as my mom cleaned it up, as it was a pretty nasty cut but not enough that needed stitches. Because he was being so strong about that sort of cut, as we moved back to the house after it happened I told him he was kinda like Captain America because Captain America was strong too and if he got knocked down, he’d get right back up.
That little boy went back out after about ten minutes of letting his hand sit and just relaxing.
Can I just add that this works probably 99.9% of the time. I was babysitting this little girl. We went to the park and she’s running around having a good time until she tripped and scraped her knee. I got up and said “Uh oh!” like it really wasn’t a big deal at all and then said “You okay, hon?” and at first she nodded, but then she saw the blood and I don’t think I’ve ever heard a child scream that loudly in my life. And it wasn’t even a lot of blood. Like, this is one of those scrapes that heal the next fucking day. So, yeah, it works for the most part, but sometimes the kid will freak out on their own without any help from you.