The most common way of making a boo boo feel better in the U.S. seems to be to kiss the scrape, bump or bruise. Isn’t it funny how well that works? When our two-year-old gets hurt, a simple kiss on the spot will make him feel better and stop crying.
However, I have not adapted to this U.S. kiss-method. I was born and raised in Sweden, and there we blow on the boo boo instead. In my mind, blowing is a better method since I really don’t want to kiss a bloody knee. However, my American husband says it might not be good to blow your germs into the cut or scrape. This important household debate will live on. But it’s interesting how you do things naturally when it’s something you're brought up with since you were a little kid.
This made me curious to find out what are common boo boo remedies in other parts of the world. I found out that a lot of fellow Europeans blow on the boo boo as well. But many South American and Caribbean countries, including Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Uruguay, have another method for when their kids get hurt. While “air rubbing” the boo boo, they sing a song that goes like this: “Sana, sana, colita de rana. Si no sanas hoy, sanarás mañana.” and means “Heal, heal, little tail of the frog. If you don't heal today, you'll heal tomorrow”.
Another interesting method I uncovered was from Brazil, where they usually kiss the boo boo, but they also say: “it's going to heal when you get married.” I have a friend who explained this to me, saying: “I don’t know why we say this. I remember when I was a kid and my mom used to say that it’s going to heal when I get married. But I always thought that would take so long, and then I cried even more!”
If you know any other creative methods to help make a kid feel better after getting hurt – we would love to hear it!