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LIVIN
07-06-2008, 02:09 AM
It's for a WIP. She has to get hurt in the house. Something not to serious, but possibly with a potential to be more serious.

The key is I want to be able to lay the blame on the negligent babysitter, as opposed to the girl herself. So, not something where the girl should know better. Or, at least not too much in that vein.

So, any ideas for how I can hurt a six year old girl? :D

slcboston
07-06-2008, 02:11 AM
You seem a little too enthusiastic about this idea... :D

Kitchen or bathroom. Best choices for something to lay blame on negligence, not be scarring, but still necessitate a trip to the emergency room or such. Just be careful it doesn't go to far. (Grabbing a hot pan - okay. Spilling hot pan on herself... not so okay.) Keep it simple, and it should work.

WendyNYC
07-06-2008, 02:14 AM
Have her slip on something in the bathroom and smack her head on the floor/tub/toilet? I have a 6 year old and she adores playing with her little dollies in the sink, but she often spills water all over the place.

The kitchen also has lots of fun items.

Aragon
07-06-2008, 02:25 AM
My sister saw that our mother and me loved cooking and tried to have her go at it. Wouldn't have been so bad, but she wanted to cut raw meat. Also, She was the right height to have her hands and wrists on the stove.

meldy
07-06-2008, 02:27 AM
I had a 5 yr old build himself a ladder to reach the top of the fridge, only to have his ladder collapse and he cracked his chin on the edge of one of those plastic milk cartons and needed stitches.

Not hugely negligent but hubby got a major earful when I got home from the hospital with him (I had to actually leave work to take him to the hospital as we only had one vehicle at the time)

Electric shocks are good for a story, can screw up the power in the house, create burn marks on a wall or a fire and zap the kid good.
And it only takes a second.

I agree with kitchen or bathroom problems. Especially bathroom since its small and usually out of the line of sight of someone.
Could flood the toilet then trip in the swamp created?

Flush mommy's jewelery? Makeup? Every tampon ever created (my three yr old did this in our ensuite :rant: )

Does it have to involve the child getting hurt? Couldnt the child just be lost?
Or get somewhere its not supposed to be?

wyoming_dreams
07-06-2008, 02:31 AM
What if the little girl was in the the parents' bedroom and got hurt in there? That way it wouldn't have to a real serious injury and the babysitter would be accountable because she/he should have known the girl shouldn't have been in that room.

MadScientistMatt
07-06-2008, 03:21 AM
Playing with matches or lighters. There's one scenario that could give you anything from very minor injuries to dire consequences.

Getting outside and eating the roses. Eating a rose would only get you a few thorns, but she could have just as easily snacked on the oleander, a plant that may not be fatal when you use its branches to toast hot dogs, but is pretty close. (Or substitute whatever really dangerous plants grow in your area.)

Chumplet
07-06-2008, 03:26 AM
My niece has a talent for hurting herself in my house. Once, after I had swept the house clean, she stepped on a staple on the stairs and punctured her foot.

Another time, she messed around with the elliptical trainer and got her finger caught in the mechanism.

Pretty minor stuff, but annoying for me.

BTW, my protagonist's daughter in Bad Ice, also six years old and named after my niece, went through the ice at a family skate, and was involved in a car accident caused by the antagonist, resulting in a minor concussion.

Sean D. Schaffer
07-06-2008, 03:46 AM
It's for a WIP. She has to get hurt in the house. Something not to serious, but possibly with a potential to be more serious.

The key is I want to be able to lay the blame on the negligent babysitter, as opposed to the girl herself. So, not something where the girl should know better. Or, at least not too much in that vein.

So, any ideas for how I can hurt a six year old girl? :D


I know I'm a guy, but...

When I was twelve years old, I decided to make pancakes for my parents using their countertop electric skillet. Well, as time went on and I kept working at it, somewhere along the way the skillet began to slip off the counter. I automatically reached for it, but placed my thumbs on the hot cooking surface itself. The resulting blisters were huge, and they hurt like all get-out.

So I would likely recommend something having to do with the kitchen, like slcboston pointed out. It's a place of wonder to a child, and it's also a place where lots of bad things can happen to them.

Just thinking about those blisters makes me shudder, even twenty-five years later.

Clair Dickson
07-06-2008, 05:50 AM
You could have her sliding down the stairs in a sleeping bag or laundry basket. We always got in trouble because of how we could get hurt-- we never did, but there is plenty of potential for head injuries and broken bones. And the babysitter shouldn't let them do it... if she's paying attention.

Climbing is another good way to get injured. Towers, trees. Bookshelves. My little brother climbed a metal bookshelf when he was two or three and it came down on top of him. By the grace of god, my Mom's hard sided-breifcase opened up and formed a protective tent over the Master Disaster.

Puma
07-06-2008, 06:05 AM
When our daughter was six she didn't want to wake us to make her some toast for breakfast on Saturday morning - so she decided to do it in the microwave. She wasn't sure how long it needed to be in there so she set the timer for 15 minutes figuring that was how long it would be until the next commercial in the Saturday morning cartoons. She didn't get hurt, but, the set-up would be a good possibility (making hot chocolate in the microwave or something else where the cup, dish would be very hot. Puma

Fern
07-06-2008, 07:18 AM
Lighting candles and leaving them burning near paper or plastic bag on the counter.

Using curling iron to fix hair and leaving it on the counter near the bathroom sink still on - kid comes along and tries to fix her own hair and ends up burning herself with it. I know of a couple people this happened to. It would have been much worse if it had been dropped in a tub or sink full of water!

Melenka
07-06-2008, 07:45 AM
Well, I have fairly responsible kids, but some of the fun things they have done include:

Climbing the 8 ft, solid oak bookcase. Yeah, we bolted it to the wall after that.

Running into the back yard because he didn't want to go out with us, my son tripped and face-planted on concrete stairs. It busted his lip, tore his mouth up, and caused one tooth in front to turn grey because the nerve ending died. Thank goodness it was a baby tooth! And the worst part was that he had to go out with us any way -- to the emergency room.

Climbed the metal T-bars that hold the clothes lines, then stood up on the top. You can't yell when that happens, because you might startle them, but your heart stops while you wait to see if they're going to fall. Mine didn't.

Hiding in a cabinet/closet/foot locker and discovering they can't get out. Shortly after that, there were no hasps on the foot lockers in my house.

My younger son wins the accident award, and while he did it in gym, it could be adapted to happen outside or in the house. He was rollerblading, tried to stop too fast, and did that lovely windmill thing as he fell, twisting his leg and then landing on it. So he ended up with a spiral fracture caused by his butt. That story is going in the arsenal for when he starts dating.

Never underestimate the power of sporting equipment as means for a child to hurt herself and/or others. Hockey sticks, bats, golf clubs, lacross sticks, etc. are good candidates as you can thwack yourself, trip over them, swing them wide enough to send things hurtling towards your head, etc.

Throwing balls inside is a good way to make sure something breaks and subsequently cuts you.

And the trampoline is just an emergency room visit waiting to happen. But we still have one....

spike
07-06-2008, 03:29 PM
I knew a kid, about 3, who crawled behind the toilet and got stuck.

In order to get to upper cabinets in the kitchen, my cousin made stairs from the drawers. You know, pulled the bottom one out almost all the way, the next about 1/2 way and the last about 1/4 way out.

I accidently shocked myself with a broken (wires exposed) extention cord.

JJ Cooper
07-06-2008, 03:35 PM
My oldest boy (5) has permanent bruising to his lower legs for some reason. No matter what, he trips over and bangs a leg. He just got skates as well which added to the injuries. You can be fairly creative in writing about one so young because they always have bruises.

JJ

Kryianna
07-06-2008, 07:30 PM
You can also have the girl accidentally spray herself in the eyes with a spray can. Hair spray is less dangerous than wasp spray, and both are easily found in kitchens/bathrooms.

Chumplet
07-06-2008, 08:14 PM
You can also have the girl accidentally spray herself in the eyes with a spray can. Hair spray is less dangerous than wasp spray, and both are easily found in kitchens/bathrooms.

My daughter did that when she was eighteen.

She also pushed her little brother into a solid cedar chest and almost knocked his tooth out. I had to do the same trip to the emergency room. Good thing I pushed it back in with a cold wet washcloth (dark coloured so it doesn't freak out the kid). The dentist said it was the best thing I could have done since the grey tooth managed to survive until it was time for it to fall out for the tooth fairy.

I remember pulling the drawers out to reach an upper cupboard. I was twelve and very short. Since then, I bought the house from my parents, the drawers are still the same and I still do it to reach the top shelf!

Phil DeBlanque
07-07-2008, 04:18 AM
Climbing and falling work, per personal experience.
You can also play with modern hazzards of a home. Dropping a printer over her leg/feet, playing with a curling iron.
The traditional eletric fan (especially the old, metalic ones) + fingers also something very beliveable

melaniehoo
07-07-2008, 04:23 AM
I burned my fingers on the stove when I was little. My gramma always made popcorn in a big pan and she lifted the lid too early and popcorn shot everywhere. I thought it was hilarious until I started picking up the pieces, including the ones underneath the pan with the burner on. Ouch.

Sarpedon
07-07-2008, 05:31 PM
Forgetting to close the door at the top of the stairs, and having the baby fall down them is a common thing, but six is probably too old for that. but there are lots of reasons to fall down the stiars.

Kalyke
07-07-2008, 06:21 PM
Well it's a tough one since you want most of the fault to fall on the babysitter. Why not have the babysitter smoking a cigarette when perhaps she is not supposed to and the child throws it away and nearly burns the living room down (the fire engine is called) the 6 year old gets smoke inhalation, the babysitter fears for her life.

LIVIN
07-07-2008, 09:19 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions. It seems you all are interested in hurting a six year old girl... a little too much. :D

jennifer75
07-07-2008, 09:30 PM
It's for a WIP. She has to get hurt in the house. Something not to serious, but possibly with a potential to be more serious.

The key is I want to be able to lay the blame on the negligent babysitter, as opposed to the girl herself. So, not something where the girl should know better. Or, at least not too much in that vein.

So, any ideas for how I can hurt a six year old girl? :D

She climbs up on the counter to reach the pack of "insert snack of choice" the babysitter left out, falls off. Something like that?

Insana D
04-02-2010, 09:42 PM
Six year olds take almost everything literally and are typically not experienced enough to see the consequences of simple actions. Crikey, I have seen so many things happen to kids at that age. I was four when I played with matches and got severely burned. They were my dad's matches and I saw him light them and then flick them out so I tried doing that and the match caught on my jumper and my dress went up like a ball of gasoline (1966).

My son loved taking stuff apart at about six yrs. old and he could handle a screwdriver and some hand tools so he took the microwave apart, an alarm clock, and several other things while they were still plugged in.

Six year olds experiment. They're physically capable of many more complex manual tasks but not mentally prepared for the complexities. They trust other adults and kids and are easily manipulated or coerced to do really dumb dangerous stuff.

My daughter was convinced that our big dryer was a time machine (thanks big brother and his nine yr.old friends) and she climbed in and they turned it on, tumbling her pretty hard.

They can climb up but are too scared to climb down.

They are curious and even though they instinctively know something might be naughty, they don't know why so curiosity compells them to try stuff they see big people do.

Thees a million scenarios that apply and are plausable with six year olds. stuff can happen very quickly and be very dangerous. six year old kids are a ton of fun. I miss my kids at that age. They thought I was a cool mom then, before they found out the truth.

PGK
04-02-2010, 09:55 PM
Wow, that's a lot of people willing to give advice on hurting a young child . . .

I haven't read most of them but here's something from my past.

I knew a boy (I think he was about 5 when this happened) who was home alone with his grandmother. She made him a bath and stuck him in, but the water was scolding hot and the kid got burned. Since grandma let go of him when her hands touched the water, the boy was entirely submerged and to this day his body is really badly scarred all over.

Insana D
04-02-2010, 11:04 PM
Dang, memory lane is a fantastic side trip. When my son was six he saw this huge round rock in the neighbors yard and thought it was a bear egg. He rolled it home and wanted to wrap it in warm stuff to see if it would hatch.

Six year old girls think witches are real, goblins and trolls live under bridges, and that you really can pull a quarter out of their ears. They can put keys in ignitions and start the car but not reach the brake. They can start cigarette lighters and then toss them when they get too hot and not know where it landed. They can dress cats up in doll clothes and climb into the pet carrier and lock themselves in but not get out. They can find guns in the back of dads closet. They can find the bullets in teh dresser drawer too. They can smell a bag of chocolate chips hidden behind the spices in the kitchen and eat the whole bag while mom is going potty.

They think their dad's can actually change traffic lights or cause the moon to rise. They draw pictures of mommy with a huge mean mouth because they think she's always yelling at them and that's all they see. They draw daddy with two long legs and one short leg in the middle. They draw people with arms coming out the sides of their heads.They sing really shrill and loudly and will pick their noses in unison at church childrens presentations. they eat the contents after nose mining. they want hugs even after they've eaten the contents.

They are wonderful and should be dearly protected and unconditionally loved, even when they set the car on fire or put it in neutral and let it drift out the driveway and into the neighbors mailbox.

dpaterso
04-02-2010, 11:17 PM
Renamed thread to include original post date.

Before resurrecting an old thread, ask yourself, is the OP (original poster/thread starter) still interested in this discussion?

-Derek

Cyia
04-02-2010, 11:19 PM
Our health teacher used to tell us "freak" stories about things that happened to people who came into the ER where she worked as a nurse. (and some scary ones, like someone wiping out an entire infant ward by making the beds with dirty sheets) 2 about kids that fell from treehouses stick out to me as possibilities.

1 - the boy seemed fine, and was dead within 48 hours because the "bump" on his head was hematoma (sp?) that went undiagnosed since the babysitter thought he was okay.

2 - the kid was taken to the hospital to get checked out. They did x-rays and found out that some of his major organs had shifted to the other side of his body. No idea how that happens without serious damage, but it was one of those "a margin of 1inch" things where everything happened just perfect. The kid was fine, but his heart beats in the wrong spot on his chest.

(ETA -- well, crud. Didn't know this was an old thread.)

Insana D
04-03-2010, 12:27 AM
Renamed thread to include original post date.

Before resurrecting an old thread, ask yourself, is the OP (original poster/thread starter) still interested in this discussion?

-Derek

So you're saying that that date thingy on the top of a thread is some sort of subliminal indicator of recent activity? WHO KNEW??? Actually, I saw the title and thought it sounded pretty interesting but didn't even bother to notice if it's a new topic. Most discussion boards organize stuff from recent to past, past being so far buried you have to really dig to find them.

Now I will go and learn how to play nice and try to keep up with the big kids. If you must know, I have a bum leg and so I limp a lot. I hope you are happy now, picking on the crippled kid. You are so mean. I'm telling mom.

Hey, original poster or OP Person, "How to hurt a six year old" would make a great title to a compilation of various stories about kids getting into various mishaps. You should write a book.

RJK
04-03-2010, 08:12 PM
I have a cousin who, at about six years old, was climbing on top of an electric range to reach the cookies. he slipped and his hand landed on a burner that was on at the 'high' setting. He has concentric circular burn scars on the palm of his hand to this day.

Nivarion
04-03-2010, 09:28 PM
eh, a long while after the matter but.

When I was six, my mom was making some bread. She made the best bread ever. *drifts off drooling for a bit* ANY WAAYS.

So she opened the oven door to get these fresh new loaves out and I came running in excited and laid my hands down on the inside of the oven door. She had both hands on the bread pan and I was too quick for her to stop me, so it was just my own fault for not understanding that the oven door hurt.

shaldna
04-04-2010, 02:19 PM
Kids get hurt very easily. A few months ago my daughter managed to open the safety gate and fell down the stairs. She was completely fine, not even a bruise. But that could have been a very nasty accident.

Also, spills, like coffee etc, burns, or just slipping on thing. What if there was juice spilled on the kitchen floor tiles and the babysitter didn't clean it up in time and the kid fell on it? I did that in my own bathroom once and ended up with four stitches.

Linda Adams
04-04-2010, 06:42 PM
I have a cousin who, at about six years old, was climbing on top of an electric range to reach the cookies. he slipped and his hand landed on a burner that was on at the 'high' setting. He has concentric circular burn scars on the palm of his hand to this day.

My father was BBQing outside, and he always used a heating coil to get the fire going. He'd plug it in, set it on the patio to warm up, and then stick in it. My brother was running around barefoot and stepped right on that heating coil. Had a huge blister right across the bottom of his foot.

RJK
04-04-2010, 07:52 PM
Another instance where my brother and I didn't get hurt (until my mother saw the mess). Our boxes of cold cereal were kept on the top shelf of a tall metal pantry cabinet. My brother and I, ages 6 and 5, devised a way to climb to the top shelf. I got to the cereal and lot my balance. I pulled the entire cabinet over on to of us. This pantry held every dry food in our house, flour, sugar, rice, salt, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Cheerios, spices, and dozens of other items I didn't recognize. they all ended up on the kitchen floor in a grand mixture.
My mom paddled our asses red, and sent us to stand in a corner for hours. It took her that long to clean the mess. She talked about that fiasco till her last day.