ASSUAGE: to lessen the intensity of something that pains or distresses
Daughter is extremely sensitive to beetle venom. That would have been helpful information 24 hours ago when I was agreeing to a treatment option for the warts on her neck and chest. Apparently, a typical reaction to the South American beetle venom treatment involves painless small blisters under the warts that pop and go away. My fair-skinned Irish girl reacted with atypical screaming, nickel-sized blisters, and what looks like a second-degree burn down her neck.
After a tearful trip to the pediatrician and a stop at the drugstore for Neosporin and a sucker (see also: Appease), Daughter is marinating in numbing cream to ease the pain and prevent infection. If only the drug store sold something to assuage the mommy guilt I feel for putting Daughter through this.