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
Here is a story of this horrifying kid I knew. He was about 4-5 years old at the time of this incident, and I was there. He was running around with my little brother and he fell face first on asphalt. I didn’t want to alarm him, so I helped him up and asked if he was okay. It was obvious he wasn’t. He tore skin on his forehead and there was a lot of blood for a 4 year old. But he laughs and goes, “YEAH” and keeps running. So I’m sitting next to a smudge of blood on asphalt with blood on my hands and his mom comes along and panics. I was going to explain to her that he fell, but she goes, “Are you okay?” I was so confused until i realized she thought I skinned my hands on the drive way. After a brief explanation, she told me he always fell on carpet, so she said to him, “It’s okay, you’ll live. No harm done, right?” So now, whenever he falls, he just laughs and says “No harm done” and runs along. The child knocked out one of his teeth and said “ouch” in a really monotone voice and kept playing.