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If you have children, chances are you’ll have cutesy kid’s bandages at home. Well, my home does. I’ve got different colours and different styles but one common complaint I have is that they usually don’t stay on as long as I need them to. I put on a bandage in the morning before school starts and by the time she comes home, it’s long gone or it’s hanging on by one sticky string. Enter the Nexcare brand of bandages.
Nexcare bandages were recently on sale at my local grocery store so like a diligent shopper, I stopped to read about the product, see what its features are and what it is supposed to do. Since I have nothing to lose, I decided to buy a pack of its Nexcare Tattoo waterproof bandages with the Hot Wheels (yes, the toy Hot Wheels) design. My kid likes cars so she agreed to try them out when the occasion arises.
Product review: What happened?
When you first open the box, you discover there are 2 different sizes of bandages – one for smaller cuts (or boo boos, or owies, or oh ohs depending on what you call them) and one that is slightly bigger. The first thing I also noticed is that like the box illustrated, they are a very different shape than the traditional rectangular bandage (or the fancy little dot circle bandages). I can’t describe the shape so I’ll just include the photo so you can see for yourself! The entire bandage is transparent minus the little Hot Wheels image in the middle, thus giving its signature ‘tattoo’ name. Like other bandages, there’s also the white padding that goes on top of the ‘boo boo’. Now, fair warning – the white padding is significantly smaller than the average rectangle bandage so this style certainly would not be suitable for any big knee scrapes or cuts unless you overlapped a bunch of them.
I quickly learn that the Nexcare tattoo waterproof bandages aren’t easy to put on. The first time you do it, it’s a little tricky. After peeling off the individual bandage wrapper, the sticky side of the Nexcare tattoo waterproof bandage becomes exposed and the non-sticky side has a little white trim around its edges. The white trim is the part you hold on to, to affix the bandage ‘just so’ on top of the ‘boo boo’. Then, like all temporary tattoos, you slowly peel off the little white trim to secure all the edges of the bandage around the ‘boo boo’ thus creating its waterproof seal.
My Kid’s Review on the Nexcare waterproof bandages:
Q: Tell me about the Nexcare Hot Wheels waterproof bandages.
A: “I like them because they stick on very well. You have to rip, it’s a little bit different. Most bandages give you wrinkles when you take them off. This one gives you wrinkles too.”
Q: How well do the Nexcare bandages protect your finger when you have a cut?
A: “It protects my finger well because it sticks well and right now I have a cut.”
Q: When you wear it, how does the bandage feel?
A: “It feels a little bit sticky and when you wash your hands it feels well but it’s waterproof.”
Q: How do you know it’s waterproof?
A: “Because the wrapper says waterproof.”
Q: But, how does your finger feel to tell you that it really works and is waterproof?
A: “Because when you wash your hands it sticks and in the inside, it’s dry.”
Q: Would you wear this bandage again?
Q: Do you like it when mommy interviews you?
A: “Because I like it when you write down stuff and you give me questions. I like when you put the Q and A, Q and A!”
Now, I have to say, these Nexcare tattoo waterproof bandages are the coolest bandages I’ve seen in a long time. When you get that bandage on and you do it right, it creates a really solid waterproof seal around your child’s cut and prevent germs and bacteria from crawling into the broken skin. It’s the first bandage I’ve come across that has stayed on my child and I now make sure I use them especially for those high activity school days when she’s got a particularly nasty cut that I need to protect.
Are there are downfalls to the Nexcare tattoo waterproof bandage? Of course there are, what product is perfect? For starters, the sizes of the bandages limit their use. They’re great for those little problem cuts in awkward places that children seem to get and they stayed on long enough before a second dressing was needed. But, what are parents supposed to use when the child has a bigger cut, you know those knee scrapes during soccer practice or outdoor track and field? I mean, cement is not the most forgiving surface.
I also don’t care for the images on the Nexcare tattoo waterproof bandages. The ones I purchased were of the Hot Wheels design because that was all the store carried (they had other Nexcare products, just not any more styles of Nexcare tattoos to choose from). When you go through the Hot Wheels designs however, aside from the different styled out cars, the smaller bandages also feature a flaming wheel (okay, I get that one) but a flaming skull? Really?? Why, as a parent, would I want my child to wear a flaming skull? Luckily, when my daughter first saw it, she thought it was a gorilla so she was quite happy to wear it and when I later said I thought it was a skull she didn’t mind either but there are some families who may not be too impressed with this design and will be left with unused bandages = waste of money. After all, there was only 20 in a pack. Now, I visited the Nexcare website and it looks like there are happy face ones as well, but I have yet to see that style in my local pharmacy or grocery store and I live in a pretty big city…so…I’m still waiting!
Having said all of that, will I buy them again? ABSOLUTELY. Honestly, I was impressed enough with the waterproof protection that I would purchase it again despite its finicky application method and awful designs. I’m just crossing my fingers I can find the happy face ones soon!