The Time My Son Burned His Arm With a Flaming Marshmallow

Everyone loves roasting smores, right? We bought this awesome fire pit for our back yard. The visions of sitting around the fire pit, laughing while roasting smores and keeping warm were all we could think about when we purchased it, but fire pits and kids – they just don’t mix.

We waited until our youngest was 4 to do the whole roasting smores thing. And for the first few times, all was swell. Then last month happened.

My nephews were in town, we were all laughing with our flaming marshmallows – eating graham crackers, sandwiched with Hershey’s cookies and cream candy bar and then a hot marshmallow. Doesn’t that sound delish? It was.

making smores

And then the 4 year old decided he wanted to make his own.

Let’s just say, the 4 year old FREAKED when his marshmallow caught on fire and started FLINGING the smores stick back and forth. The said marshmallow that is on fire goes flying and lands on 4-year-olds arm. Yep.

I rushed him to the sink – but oddly he wasn’t complaining. Husband does a quick Google and realizes that this could be severe. Husband then runs him to the ER down the street. 40 minutes later (I kid you not!) they both walk in. ER said first degree burn and told us to buy some ointment at the store.

third degree burn

Kid got a sucker and a sticker, he was happy but BOY that arm looked ugly.

Fast forward to Monday, 4-year-old is sick with bad cough – we take him to the pediatrician. The pediatrician flips out over the burn and says it’s a third degree burn, no way is that a first degree burn. Prescribes us some silver ointment and tells us to watch it. Also was advised to use Vitamin D

Here’s a little guide about burns (courtesy of University of Maryland Medical Center)

  • First-degree burns affect only the outer layer of the skin (epidermis), causing pain and redness. The prototype is mild sunburn.
  • Second-degree burns extend to the second layer of the skin (the dermis), causing pain, redness, and blisters that may ooze. Deep second-degree burns may progress to third-degree burns over the course of several days.
  • Third-degree burns involve both layers of the skin and may also damage the underlying bones, muscles, and tendons. The burn site appears pale, charred, or leathery. There is generally no pain in the area because the nerve endings are destroyed.
  • Fourth-degree burns extend through the skin and subcutaneous fat into the underlying muscle and bone. Fourth-degree burns are stiff and charred.

Now we are a month out since the tragic burning of the arm by a marshmallow Every night and morning we’ve been applying the silver ointment to the burn and thank God – the nasty scab finally fell off and the scar is ever so slight.

Watch your kids while making smores and make sure they understand not to fling flaming marshmallows while on fire!

Another adventure with them kids.

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