I don't know what it is, but poor Ansel is hardly ever free of a scrape or bruise. It could be because he is very adventurous, or we have hardwood floors and a step in our family room, or he's the second child and we let him explore more, or he gets pushed around by his older brother, or it could be all of the above. Whatever it is, this guy took a hard fall a few days back and bit his tongue and split his chin. I was alarmed and not sure if he needed the wound stitched. That's when I was introduced to Steri-strips, thin adhesive strips which can be used to close small wounds without stitches by applying them across the wound in a manner which pulls the skin on either side of it together, aka butterfly stitches. Given the length (1/2inch) and depth of the cut and the youngness of the patient, it was decided that Ansel would only need a Steri-strip. I was very glad to learn this and wanted to share it here too. Plus, first aid is science in action! Ahh, gotta love simple care at home versus going to the ER to put in a stitch or two.
This post is dedicated to all of the individuals who assisted Ansel and me in getting through this somewhat intense event. Thank you!