We have had another adventure with Ralph in the last few weeks. The week before Christmas he was in our living room playing. He put something over his head, took off running, slipped, and fell into our wood stove, burning his little hand. We were very concerned, because the stove was very hot and he was leaning on it for what seemed a long time, it wasn’t much longer than a few seconds, but thankfully the burn ended up being only a second degree burn.
After running Ralph’s hand under cold water for a while, we got it wrapped up and kept an eye on him to make sure he didn’t start to run a fever. This all happened late in the evening and I thought it might be a rough night. Surprisingly he slept well after finally falling to sleep. Grady did not. During the night Grady woke up and looked up different natural burn creams and found something called B & W cream that the Amish and Mennonites use. We didn’t have access to any of the cream that night, but Grady knew someone to call the next morning. The ingredients in B & W cream: Honey, Lanolin, Olive Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Aloe Vera Gel, Several Herbs, Vegetable Glycerin, and Bees Wax.
In the morning we unwrapped Ralph’s hand, applied honey, and rewrapped it. He passed the morning playing some, but also wanting lots of momma time. Grady called a family in the area who has used B & W cream with many different burns and they invited us to come to their house to get supplies. When we arrived they had everything laid out to help us bandage Ralph’s hand. They were very helpful and showed us how to slather on the ointment, place a moistened burdock leaf over the area, which keeps the gauze from sticking to the skin and also draws out impurities, and then how to wrap it with gauze.
We rewrapped and reapplied the ointment and burdock leaf twice a day for ten days and then once a day for a week. It looked awful for the first ten days, but did not get infected, and over the second week you could see the change in the skin every day. Every time I saw the area I was in awe of how it looked, the fact that our bodies can heal so well with only a small amount of help is amazing! As of today Ralph’s hand has bright pink spots in the burn area, but you wouldn’t be able to notice if it wasn’t pointed out to you.
Do you have any burn stories/helpful info?