Baby Munchausen Syndrome

by doodaddy on October 7, 2007

An older kid snatched Boobaby’s ball on the playground a few days ago. Boo’s a solid kid; usually this sort of event would elicit a glance in my direction for sympathy, and often not even that. Lately, however, she’s been obsessed with a different sort of balm:

"Myahn-Ait!"*

*Loosely translated from the Boobabyish: "Band-Aid."

Yes, Boobaby has entered that phase of toddlerhood that brings with it Band-Aid obsession. If we’re lucky, we can hold her to one Band-Aid a day, which we learned early on to move around each day or risk the dreaded Band-Aid dermatitis. (She still refers to the scaly patch on her thigh as her "Band-Aid," a week later.)

She used to want hugs for comfort. Now, any minor bump to body or ego brings calls for a Band-Aid, Elmo-adorned if possible.

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Jared October 7, 2007 at 9:52 am

Isn’t it amazing how much comfort a little piece of plastic can create? Especially one covered with cartoons. 😀 I know putting a Band-Aid on my cuts makes me feel better. I wonder if it is the out-of-sight out-of-mind thing?

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Elaine Hooton October 7, 2007 at 2:12 pm

My daughter went through this; although we were rather unsympathetic most of the time. I told here she had to see blood for a band-aid. That worked pretty well.

My son (just turned three) has never even needed real kisses. He just needs a kiss in the air in the general direction of his body. It’s really funny. I like it, though, it makes my job easier.

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Kelley October 8, 2007 at 1:26 am

ooooh how lovely. You are entering the buy-bandaids-with-every-shop stage!
My Boo had a sore neck once. It took 12 bandaids reapplied every day to ‘fix’ it.
Came home the other day to find his face covered with them. Apparently he opened the dishwasher while it was still hot, got some steam in his face and needed 8 bandaids to fix it.

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