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A must have for children's first aid kits
Mr Bump Bruise Soother
Member Name: jillycat
Mr Bump Bruise Soother
Advantages: Reduces swelling and bruises easy to use well made
Disadvantages: none for us so far
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.
Summary: A great bruise pack fro reducing swelling and bruises a must for a first aid kit
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