I first came across these character bruise soothers in our local children's centre. They had Mr Bump and another, possibly Thomas the Tank Engine, all the kids absolutely loved them. They are a sealed plastic pocket filled with a coloured gel and are squidgy to feel. At the children's centre they kept them in the freezer compartment but this was too cold to use directly on the skin and would need to be wrapped first in a cloth or tea towel, which I think defeats the purpose a bit. It's a while since I bought ours but I seem to remember the instructions were to only keep it in the refrigerator anyway and that's what we do. Mr Bump is always on stand by to soothe a bump or scrape. We apply it directly to the area that is sore and the boys are very keen to use it and like holding it themselves which is helpful. In fact, a possible downside is that they love using Mr Bump so much they have been known to cause a bump on purpose! Or to pretend to be hurt just so they can use it. It doesn't stay cold for very long, which is probably why the children's centre kept it in the freezer, but it is usually long enough to dull the pain and cheer up the patient. It also takes a while to get properly cold so if you have a couple of bumps in quick succession Mr Bump isn't always ready to deal with it. It does have the added bonus of distracting the child and taking their mind off the pain as we talk about Mr Bump. I would definitely recommend having one of these in your house. We also have a boring grown up Nurofen version but even the grown ups prefer Mr Bump.
~*~*~ Mr Bump Bruise Soother ~*~*~
~ What is it? ~
This is a little gel filled pouch that is shaped like Mr Bump from the Mr Men series, he can be kept in the fridge ready to soothe bumps and bruises.
~ Why I bought it ~
I bought this because I have four children ... Four boys who love nothing more than playing and messing about which can sometimes result in tears, not only that though, they are children after all and they do sometimes trip/fall over, this can result in tears and a bit of drama until Mr Bump comes out of the fridge!
My 6 year old is the worse when it comes to the drama of a small fall, he will act as though his leg/arm is hanging off and will fake cry for a good while if left so I whenever I hear the tell tale wail I fetch him into the kitchen sit him on the worktop and bring out the Mr Bump soother. I always keep him in the fridge to keep it cool, I place the soother on the 'ouchie' and the tears soon stop.
As soon as I saw it I bought it, with no hesitation it went into my basket. I bought it in B&M's for approx £2.
~ Using it ~
This can be used cold as we always use it, it can be used straight from the fridge and placed onto the skin, it can also be used warm, to warm it you just stand it in a cup of hot water for about 5 minutes, test it on yourself before placing it on you child to check the temperature. It can then be used to soothe aches and pains or even as a hand warmer, which my eldest likes to do after being out with his friends!
~ Overall ~
This Mr Bump soother has been in use for around a year and a half now and it shows no sign of wear or tear, I keep it in a little resealable sandwich bag in the door of the fridge and it gets used quite a lot, my 6 year old is quite clumsy and is forever bumping himself on something, falling in school, falling out of bed ... etc. So this gets whipped from the bag and placed onto him wherever he says hurts and afterwards I give it a wipe over and pop it back in the fridge. It's really cute and jolly looking and the character is very apt for the product.
I would recommend.
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At the nursery where my little girl goes to school they have cold soothing patches when one of the little ones hurts themselves. I think all the kids love them and so does my little girl, so much so that she was making her own at home out of tissue paper and cold water whenever she got a little bump or scratch. She calls it a coldie like they do at nursery which is vey cute so I decided to buy her a proper one that she could use whenever she wanted to.
She's not particularly a Mr Men fan and I was actually looking for a Peppa Pig coldie when I came across this one on Amazon but it looked cute and I knew she would like it so I decided to buy it. The fun of this cold patch is actually that it is shaped like Mr Bump and so my little girl still loves to get a fun cartoon character out of the fridge and put it on her bumps and scratches.
The pack has blue coloured gel inside and the pack is just made of a very flexible plastic so it can be placed on their body quite easily and you just need to hold it in place. The blue gel obviously works as a coolant because when you put Mr Bump in the fridge he goes cold. We just always keeps ours in there so my little girl knows where to go to get him and she says when he's nice and cold it's very soothing. You can use the pack over and over again so its definitely good value for money.
Apparently you can also warm Mr Bump up in warm water and have him as kind of a warming patch but we've actually never done this so I can't comment on how effective it is.
To wash it I either wash it off in soapy water or rub it down with an antiseptic wipe to make sure its clean before I put it back in the fridge again. All in all a fun way to soothe your kids when they have a boo boo!!
I wanted a bruise soother for my little girl because at the age of 2 she is still rather clumsy and in need of a bit of bump TLC most days, you can get so many different types of bruise soother but I chose Mr Bump because obviously it's the most appropriate character for a bruise soother, and I want my little girl to build up that recognition with the Mr Men (and eventually Little Miss) characters so I can read the books to her.
I can see here on DooYoo that the RRP for the Mr Bump Bruise Soother is £4.95, well I certainly can't recommend buying it at that price given that I paid 99p for it from Home Bargains in Manchester! Given that it's basically just a little printed cool pouch, that's all it's worth!
So as I've said, the Mr Bump Bruise Soother is a cool pouch, I say cool, you can actually use it hot but I keep it in the fridge when not in use. You can wash it in warm water in the sink, I use antibacterial wash on it too, but I'd never put it in the dishwasher. It is shaped as Mr Bump and one side is printed with him, inside is a blue liquid. You can put it in the freezer but that makes it too cold for my little girl so fridge it is.
As soon as there's a bump in my house, Mr Bump comes out to save the day and not only does he soothe the actual bump just the experience of seeing Mr Bump usually cheers her up and distracts her so it's 99 well spent to me, as it stops her crying that much sooner. It can also be used on grazes and sunburn, not tried that yet but I may buy a spare to take on holiday.
I was pleased to find that even though the Mr Bump Bruise Soother is made of bonded plastic there are no sharp edges and it feels quite durable though it isn't a toy and I'd never let her play with it as it looks too similar to a teether and I wouldn't want her chewing and bursting it.
As I've said, this isn't worth the RRP and it's not something I'd buy online but if you can find it in your local discount shop it's quite handy to have in. A cold compress works just as well but for little ones seeing Mr Bump is all part of the distraction and healing process. Overall I do recommend it provided you can find it under £1 as it really isn't worth any more but given that the RRP is so high and that it isn't what I'd call essential, I'd award it 3 stars out of 5. It depends how many 'Mr Bumps' your child has on average I suppose!!
My youngest sons nick name is Mr Bump for reasons I'm sure you can work out...lol.
We joke that he has a terrible case of the travelling bump; it seems to migrate around his head. However joking aside when he does bop his head we need to use a cold compress to reduce the swelling and the bruising. Up until very recently I have had a bag of peas that is left to one side of the freezer for such emergencies, but although this is necessary it can cause even more screaming and they generally don't stay on as long as I would ideally like. That said I discovered this perfect little item in the local pound shop. I wasn't expecting anything amazing for a pound but if it stayed cold and encouraged him to keep it on the boo-boo that was all I could ask for. I keep mine in the fridge on call and its ready to be placed on any bump to help reduce swelling, but they can be stored in the first aid box and warmed in hot water if you require a hot compress for muscular pains. You simply drop the pack into hot water and leave it to warm for a few minutes. Then place it on the aching muscle for relief.
The pouch is translucent with a lovely picture of Mr Bump on the both sides. I did notice that there is Mr happy and Little Miss Giggles options but this seemed appropriate for my little klutz. Inside is a thermal gel which is squidgy and keeps cold for a relatively good amount of time. I would estimate it at around five minutes but that is a rough estimation and does obviously depend on the temperature it is stored at and the weather. It was sufficient enough for my son's most recent bopped head and although we had a little swelling immediately after the bang, after a few minutes with the cooling pack on the swelling was completely gone. I have not used it as a hot compress but do heat it up and use it as a hand warmer during the colder days; my son thought it was fantastic to have Mr Bump keeping his fingers warm. Another use I would find this perfect for is to cool down sunburn, not that I have used it for this purpose but I can imagine it would be great. The instructions say that it is good for grazes but I don't use it for this purpose.
This item has been perfect for us as my son likes to use it; even the tiniest bop requires Mr Bump, and it takes up such a small amount of space and is perfect to have on hand for the small bumps and bruises my little horrors get. This is another ideal for anyone who has accident prone people in their household. I am planning to stock up next time I find them stocked in the pound shop because they are not always in stock.
Both my girls are pretty clumsy and are forever having bumps and scrapes so when I saw this soother lurking on the shelves of my local Home Bargains store for a mere 99p I thought it would be a good item to have on standby.
The product came packaged in a simple see through plastic pack with a cardboard insert behind Mr Bump with a little information on it such as it can be used on grazes, bumps and sunburn and it can be used warm or cold.
To use the soother cold you have to put it in the fridge and if you want to use the soother warm then you have to put it in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes, you must not put the soother in the microwave or freezer.
Inside the pack you get a soother filled with thermal gel in the shape of Mr Bump, the character is recognisable from the programme however neither of my girls actually watch the programme so they don't know who he is not that it really matters as long as it does the job.
The first time we had to use Mr Bump was when Sophie fell of her bike and bumped her head, I always keep the soother in the fridge so that it is ready for use and so when I saw the nice red mark on her forehead I simply got it from the fridge and applied to her head. Sophie did at first have a bit of a moan that the pack was too cold but she has come to accept it and asks if she needs "Bumpy" when she hurt herself.
Emily is only 2 years old and so she will not sit and let me hold the soother on her injuries for very long at all and the pack advises that you should apply it to a bump for 5 minutes which we have no chance of doing. We tend to apply for a minute or so with Emily and then take it away and cuddle her and then try to reapply if she will let us, I figure even if it is only on a minute or so it's better than not being on at all.
We have never had the need to use Mr Bump warmed up so I cannot state how successful that would be but as a cool pack it is great, I think it serves its purpose well and neither of my girls have ever had much swelling from an injury so I would say this serves well at reducing swelling. The soother I feel also helps to provide Sophie with reassurance that her injury will be fine when he comes out of the fridge and with him being brightly coloured he is appealing to children.
This is a great product and one every house with young children should have.
I am one of these people who loves my freebies :). So on getting through an email from one of the freebie companies I'm with this Mr Bump soother appeared as one of the freebies - the only catch was you had to have a Child Trust Fund account for your child and to review it through Nestegg.co.uk. The survey took me a few minutes to complete and once I was done they asked what bruise soother I'd like to receive in the post. I chose the Mr Bump one on account of my son really liking 'Bump' (as he calls him.) Also he was getting to that age where he was having a few accidents per week.
It took a while to get to me but when it arrived I was quite surprised to read on the packaging that you shouldn't freeze the product, but keep it in the fridge. So in the fridge it went. I can only assume that if it were to be put in the freezer that it would stick to the skin and pull off a layer, so it makes sense to store in the fridge.
Once it's out the fridge it's cool enough to be soothing but not freezing cold, so perfect for bumps. The soother itself comes in the shape of Mr Bump, with a blue gel inside that goes cold. I found it was chunky enough for my son to grab and hold onto his head.
I've used this bruise soother myself for general headaches and swellings - and it's been great. Every time my son bumps his head he'll run to the fridge and say 'BUMP! BUMP!' so I think he's well trained ;). The best part about the soother is that it's reusable, so can be used time and again for all those bumps and bruises. Aswell as being 'served up cold' Mr Bump can be heated up and can be applied to pulled muscles - just put in a bowl of hot water (not boiling) in order to heat up Mr Bump. After every use you should clean the soother in warm soapy water. We've had our soother for over a year and it's been in good shape in that time - no leaks, cuts or other disasters so I'd recommend this for parents with toddlers and children.
Although I didn't buy my soother and got it as a freebie it is around £4.95 on Amazon.co.uk - which is pretty decent for a resuable soother as the one use soothers are usually around this price!
If I was given a chicken every time my son had a bump or knock himself I would have a whole hen house of chickens and be able to supply eggs to the whole of Yorkshire. With this accident prone young boy in mind I bought this gel bruise soother a couple of years ago and have never looked back in regards to the treatment and care of my sons bumps and bruises.
What is it?
This is a reusable gel pack in the shape of Mr Bump from the Mr Men. It can also comes in a Mr Happy and Miss Helpful versions. The thermal gel inside is very similar if not the same as the type of gel you get in adult bruise packs or headache gel packs too. The cute design is very appealing to my son and the smiley face of Mr Bump with his bandages immediately makes it recognisable as the accident prone Mr Man. The gel is the same bright blue as you would find in the Mr Men books again making it easily recognisable for young children. The gel pack can either be stored and used cold from the fridge to sooth bumps, grazes or even sunburn. The information with the pack had also advised it can be used with jelly fish stings but fortunately we have never needed to use it for this reason. The pad can also be used hot to ease aches and pains where there is no swelling. The pad when it is not to be heated in the microwave but heated in a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes before applying.
I had first seen these packs being used at a toddler group we went to and had found that when my son had bumped his head the gel pack seemed to help calm him down and stop the tears. At the time I also noticed his head was less red too after holding it in place and most surprisingly that the bruise that the bump produced was a lot less colourful and smaller than bumps he had previously. After a quick enquiry I found that these were available in supermarkets and Boots so went to buy one. My son was also used to using these at his nursery I later found out and they had a Mr Happy one that he would talk about.
After buying this I decided we would keep it in the fridge in one of the door shelves all the time so it would be easily accessible to get when he had a bump and then it would be always cool to help take the swelling down. Keeping it in the fridge where is has lived for the past two years has proved a life saver on many occasions as it has been cool and ready for action as needed. Also keeping it in the fridge has produced no damage to the pack at all and it still looks as good as new during this time with no colour fading either to the gel or to the printed design on the pack.
When my son has a trip or a bump he often will just carry on but if it has hurt himself and he is upset we reach straight for Mr Bump and if I don't go to get it for him he will now ask for Mr Bump. If it is his head that he has knocked he actually now prefers to hold it in place himself on his head. However prior to being a big boy of 4 he would prefer me to hold it in place. Holding it in place for the 5 minutes that is recommended can at times be a little problematic and on occasions he will only stay still for it for around 3 minutes. However even with this shorter time it still actually reduces the swelling significantly and produce a smaller bruise in the long run for him and has on occasions has stopped a bruise occurring at all.
If there is a graze the pack recommends that you clean the area first before applying the pack. However I have found with my son that he wants the pack on first rather than the graze cleaning. I have found doing this way has never actually caused a problem to the area and by reducing the swelling first he is actually then a lot happier for me to clean the area and then put either a plaster on or leave it the air.
Prior to getting the bruise pack I would often either use some frozen peas or a cold damp cloth on the area to reduce swelling but I actually find the pack a lot better than either of these options. Firstly as it less cold than frozen peas my son is happier to keep the pack in place than a frozen item and the reduction in the swelling is much more effective with the pack than the peas. Compared with the cold damp cloth as this item is not wet it is much more pleasant for my son to have against his skin and he is less wriggly with the pack than the cloth so again it makes it a lot more effective at reducing swelling.
The design with it being a bright colourful character such as Mr Bump it immediately appeals to my son and he is able to relate his accidents to the accident prone Mr Bump and this seems to make him a little less upset about hurting himself. The pack also appeals to him and he now asks for Mr Bump which to me lets me know that it also helps sooth the bump not only physically but psychological as he thinks we are doing something to help his hurts and make him feel better.
We have never used this warm or hot on my son for any aches or pains but in the interest of thoroughness for the review I tried this last night on my aching neck muscles. It was very easy to warm up in the bowl however on placing it on my neck I found whilst it was soothing it started to cool very quickly and provided on a small amount of relief to my aching neck compared to my normal wheat packs that I use for such an occasion. I can't imagine that we will use it warm on my son instead I think if he had aches and pains that we will continue to use the cuddly animal wheat packs we have for such an occasion.
Overall and recommendation
I would definitely recommend this bruise soother for young children who get bumps and bruises. It is not only great at reducing swelling but helps stop and limit the size of bruising. It is easier to use than damp cloths and frozen peas and the fun and cute design appeals to children meaning they are more likely to keep it in place for the length of time it takes to reduce the swelling. At around £5 from Boots or Amazon I think this is great investment for first aid kits it last well and we have had no problems in using it in over 2 years but it has helped reduce swelling and tears from the bumps. Finally If I owned a monkey I would definitely not need this bruise pack as he would have more co-ordination and less bruises, but as I have an active tumbling pre-schooler I definitely need this bruise pack in my fridge.