OHMYGRANNY! Have y'all been out and shopped for tissue lately? It's like buyin' a CAR, for cryin' outloud. They make tissue impregnated with just about anything you could need or want these days, don't they?
Except, I would argue, for the ONE THING that would actually WORK on these sore little nosies our kids are sportin' right about now. But Mama has devised her own little home remedy and guess what? It's BEAN TESTED. And BEAN APPROVED!
I put my sick baby Bean down for her nap two days ago, her little schnoz and snot-trough (that little groove between the nose and the upper lip? You know the one?) all red and raw. I felt so bad for her I didn't even try to score a REAL kiss - I just went for the forehead, right above her sad, plaintive lil eyebrows and her watery little green eyes. And I limped slump-shouldered from the room under the weight of my aching Mama's heart. My poor BEAN!
Moments later, urgent, broken-hearted wailing shattered my early-naptime reverie and I reported post-haste to the patient's bedside, to see her sitting up in bed with hot tears raining down her sweet, soft, flushed cheeks.
"Dis huuuuuuuuurts, Mama! Will you bring me a warm cloff-cloff (washcloth)?" she sobbed, pointing to her nose and its surrounds. I expeditiously gathered up a soft pink cloff-cloff and moistened it with warm water and helped her apply it to the area.
A warm cloff-cloff? Not the answer.
Hmm. What we have here is a chafed, red, raw area which aches constantly and REALLY hurts when touched, and has to be touched on occasion to prevent everything in the household from becoming encrusted with the reknown Goopy Toddler Snail Trail.
So I pondered. And thunk. And lo and behold, I came up with an idear!
I mixed a little half-dime-sized glob of my favorite cold cream, made by Merle Norman (okay it was made by Merle Norman about 20 years ago and I have no idea if they still make it... heck does Merle Norman even still exist?) (It's my family's answer to the family in My Big Fat Greek Wedding's Windex. We call it "pink lotion" and it works a TREAT on chapped lips and other raw skin) with a teeny little dab of Orajel (yes, the kind you put on teeth and gums!) until they were all smooth and combined, and then Bean and I wrestled for a few minutes until I finally got some onto her sore nose/lip area.
And there was a whimper. Followed by a pause. Followed by a little rainbow spreading across that sad little cloudy face.
And the napping! It commenced! Quietly and with peace and joy for all!
When she finally awoke two-and-a-half hours later and came dragging her teddy into my room, I brightly inquired how her sleep had been.
"Gooooooooooood." she drowsily replied. "Mama, I need s'more of dat pink lotion for my nosie. Dat felt weally much better."
No wrestling required for the second (or subsequent)application of Mama's Wonder Lotion.
And thus was born my secret cure for owie nosies. Cold cream with Orajel. And BONUS, people: For about a half an hour after application, I can even gently wipe her nose with tissue or a cloff-cloff without inciting riot!
P.S. Someone recently told me to try putting Orajel on my eyebrow area a few minutes before I pluck, too! I can't wait to try that out.
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