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In a throwaway world, it is easy to forget what a simple, convenient thing a plaster is. While you can get pre-cut sizes, and at the low cost of purchase, you may as well - it's worth getting something like this. A roll you cut to the size that you need when you need it.
Why? Because there's no telling where an injury will occur. Some areas simply will not tolerate a small plaster. It will be unable to grip, and will fall off in short order. Knees and elbow are prime examples of these. They are de facto graze locations in children, and a large plaster will not only hold securely in place, and so promote healing, the size of it will provide younger children with a certain amount of security - even if it's just in the mind.
Because the material is fabric, it stretches. Even better, it also breathes. Allowing some oxygen to reach the treated surface. This can also be useful if you have applied some dettol or other antisceptic first, as it promotes drying out. The worst thing to a kid going swimming is someone else's gammy plaster floating towards them with the music of John Barry playing in the background. If your kids must swim with a plaster, find one that is just as sticky but waterproof as well.
The one down side to fabric dressings is that they tend to be stubborn when it comes to removal. Be sure that the wound is healed before removal, to avoid a howl of protest and floods of tears. (And that's just me!)
I bought this for £1.39. It represents superb value and is a must have in your first aid kid. Make sure you check the expiry date of all your plasters and dressings every three months or so. They are not indestructible and the glue will lose all adhesiveness with age.
WHAT IS IT?
A 1 meter long strip of fabric plaster that you cut yourself to what size you need for your cut.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Take the strip out of the box and hold it near to your cut so that you can see how much of the plaster you need to cut off. Cut a little bit extra off to make sure that the whole cut is covered and them remove the backing paper and press the plaster down on to your skin.
WHAT I THINK
I like this strip of uncut plaster because it is very versatile for the sort of cuts that I get. Part of my roll as a beautician involves cutting and styling hair and so I quite often get little small cuts on my fingers, it is painful because I work with chemicals and if they get into my cuts they make it sting and inflame the area worse.
I have to replace the plaster very often because the sticky is not very good and the pad that touches the cut is very baggy so doesn't protect it very well when it has been on for over an hour. The plastic also raises up at the edges and even though it will stay stuck onto my skin the bits that have raised up get very dirty and I do not think that is very good when it is right next to a cut.
It is only that I can cut the plaster to the correct size for me that I like it and buy it so often because when I get home I can assess the cut properly and use a better quality plaster to protect it and then I do not use the strip until I cut myself again at work. I do not like how dirty the fabric gets because it is not good for me when I am trying to keep a cut clean and when I remove the plaster it always leaves a black dirty mark on my skin and makes my skin itch for a bit of time after.
This strip of plaster costs about £1.49 and lasts for a long time on the very small cuts that I get. It is not the best but it is very useful I think.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
Kids and adults alike can get a lot of cuts and scrapes, so in our house we always have 2 types of plasters available that seem to work excellently in most occasions. 1 type is the pre-cut, standard size of plasters, which usually are plastic depending on the brand we've bought at the time, and the other is a very long strip of fabric plaster dressings, the latest one of these I've used being the Fast Aid brand.
I paid 99p for a packet of the Fast Aid Fabric Dressing Strips on eBay when I saw them whilst buying something else in a health shop there. For that, I got a decent looking box with a 1 metre long strip of dressing in it, that's 6.3cm wide, with a generous padded area in the middle for sitting on the wound.
The reason I like the long strips of fabric dressing is that you're not limited to how big the plaster is - there's no pre-cut, pre-determined size that your wound has to fit within. If you've got a long narrow cut for example, you can cut 1 long plaster off the strip and use that, instead of having to put lots of horizontal plaster down the cut (because putting them vertically will mean using the non-padded, adhesive areas on your wound - not nice!).
When my little boy comes in with scraped shins etc, from playing football or falling over, I can put one big plaster on instead of lots of little ones, and I still find it quicker and easier to get the scissors and cut my desired length off the strip than faff about peeling the backing of several little plasters.
Another plus point to these plasters is the fact they are fabric. I've found that plastic plasters often don't adhere to the skin well as they are a bit stiff and inflexible at times, depending on where you put them. Stick them on an elbow or on a knee, and on my kids they'll last an hour at most. Fabric plasters on the other hand are much more flexible and can move with the body and keep on the wound as long as required. Usually, they're still stuck on firmly when it comes time to remove them or check on the wound and re-dress, and you have to give them a good tug to get off.
The plaster strip is not waterproof, but I can't acutally remember the last time we needed a plaster to BE waterproof and unless you're going swimming etc, I think waterproof plasters are a waste of time and money.
Overall, I can recommend this Fast Aid Fabric Dressing Strip as it gives me the flexibility I need when it comes to tending to cuts and scrapes and lasts longer on the skin than any other plastic plasters I've ever used.
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