Help! DD (4) fell over and has got a fat swollen lip and blood all round nose/mouth. Won't let us clean it or put cold compress on. Screams and fights. TV and food bribery making no difference. What would you do?
I’d probably back off and let her settle (assuming it’s ‘just’ a bump and isn’t likely to be more serious) but get some Calpol in her to take the edge off it being sore...then suggest a warm bath and lots of bubbles and see if she’ll gently wash her own face or get in there myself gently with a flannel if she seems more relaxed. Hope she’s ok.
Trying giving her a bowl of ice cubes to "play" with under supervision and put some pieces of cotton wool or make-up remover pads by the side. The cubes will begin to melt and you could then dab your own mouth. She may copy you.
If not, cleaning up is just a cleanliness/ not making a mess issue.It doesn't matter if it gets left till she calms down. Even tomorrow will be fine. Getting worked up is more likely to keep it bleeding, or contribute to swelling.
Bath her, if that will work, but really, don't worry. It's us adults who have a need to clear blood away. It doesn't really make any difference.
Thank you for all advice. Got her to take some calpol. She won't clean it herself either. Leaving now as it is (past) bed time and want her to calm down. Bit worried about potentially wobbly teeth but will just have to see in morning.
She's always like this with any injury and I get fed up with the drama when just trying to check/clean it up!