When I was shopping in my local Tesco recently I spotted the Peppa Pig George Bruise Soother, I wasn't particularly looking for this type of product but it was on offer at the time and now that Jayden is pulling himself around the furniture and anything he can get hold of I thought it would be useful for all those knocks and bumps he was bound to get.
The packaging that the Peppa Pig George Bruise Soother came in wasn't anything overly fancy, it came in a small clear packet just slightly bigger than the soother itself, this had a card along the top which had the name on it and a small amount of information describing the product and what it does. To be honest I didn't really give the packaging a detailed read I just quickly scanned over it as how to use the soother is pretty self explanatory.
The Peppa Pig George Bruise Soother is made from a clear plastic which is shiny on the front and slightly frosted on the back, the front has a large picture of George Pig, Peppa Pigs little brother, on the front of it dressed up as a pirate, George is wearing his usual blue top but also has on a pirates hat, eye patch and is holding a telescope.
The soother is cut in the shape of the picture following the outline of it, there is a slight gap between the picture and the edge of the soother. The bruise soother is filled with a dark blue gel which can be seen through the clear plastic and gives the appearance of the picture having a blue background.
The idea of the George Pig Bruise Soother is as the name suggests it is designed to sooth any bumps and bruises that your child may have. The directions of use for the bruise soother are simple, the first thing you need to do is put it in the fridge to allow it to become cold, the soother should be kept in the fridge at all times while it is not being used to keep it chilled.
When you child falls over and bumps themselves you simply take the soother from the fridge and hold it onto the area that is hurting, the gel inside becomes cold from being in the fridge and when placed on the injury it will cool it and help reduce the pain. It would also be good for minor burns or stings as the soother will cool the skin.
As I have mentioned I purchased Jayden's Peppa Pig George Bruise Soother from my local Tesco, however it is also available online and in Waitrose. In Waitrose the bruise soother is sold for £3.49, however when I purchased mine it was on offer and I bought it for just over £1.00. Personally I thought it was excellent value for money and also at full price it is good value for money, in my opinion it was definitely sold at a fair price.
Since purchasing the Peppa Pig George Bruise Soother it has been used several times and it really seems to work. The other day Jayden was playing, he was standing up and he stumbled and fell forward hitting his forehead on one of his toys, within seconds he had a bruise and a large bump come up and needless to say he was screaming, I got the bruise soother from the fridge and held it on the bump, he quickly started to calm down and eventually stopped crying.
This has happened on several occasions when he has had a fall or crawled into something, it really does seem to work and helps to ease the pain and take the bruise down.
The bruise soother doesn't actually offer any medication to injuries but it certainly helps to ease pain.
The cute picture on the front will make it more attractive to children and less scary when you are trying to apply it to an injury. It is very reasonably priced and definitely worth the money as it does seem to work.
For us this was an impulse buy but I am extremely pleased we did buy it and would recommend it to anyone with children, it is handy to have nearby for all those bumps and bruises that children get.
My son noticed this a while ago when we were queuing in our local chemist, after looking it over for what seemed like ages he asked if he could take it home, I told him what it was and then he decided that he definitely needed it as he is always bumping his knees. I was not sure, but it was on special offer and we purchased it for £2.75. I looked on Amazon and it is currently retailing for £5.95 (May 2013), though I have seen it in supermarkets cheaper, so if you are after one then I would suggest shopping around.
I have never watched Peppa Pig, though my son has been exposed to its delights when at his friend's house. If you are also unfamiliar it about a little Pig called Peppa, her brother George and their friends, who all live in houses and have fun doing everyday activities such as going to the park or out for a picnic. Now back to the bruise soother. It came in a handy plastic wallet that is clear, hence my son spotting it, that I use to keep the bruise soother in when its not in use. The bruise soother is made from pliable plastic and has a picture of George on it. The inside of the bruise soother is filled with a gel like liquid and its all held in place by the magic of compressed glue, though I would not recommend this for teething babies, as it looks like would not stand up to chewing and may split.
Using the bruise soother is very easy, all you have to do is take it out of its handy storage packet and pop it in the fridge for a while or alternatively you can heat it up by placing it in warm (not boiling) water for a few minutes until it is warm but not hot.
To clean the bruise soother you just need to use a bit of warm water and soap. The packaging warns you not to put in it the microwave, as I suppose it would become to hot or explode. It also advises that if the gel is swallowed then you should drink plenty of water, although the gel is not considered to be dangerous, though if you experience weird symptoms then you should seek medical advice.
The reusable bruise soother is designed to be used on bruises, grazes, aches and pains, insect bites, sun burn and headaches. I have so far used it cold for nettle stings, this worked well, along with a bit of dock leaves and bruises and bumps to legs, but mainly knees. My son will ask for it and is happy to hold it on his leg (he is 3) for a while and I think it helps to take his mind of the pain and focus him on something else, though I always apply arnica cream on bruises after to help with the overall healing. I have also used it on myself a few times, as I am prone to banging my knee on the end of the bed, and I would say that it helps a little, by numbing the bruised area a little.
Overall I would recommend this to others as it helps to sooth bruises, is fun to look at, is easy to use and is generally well priced.