The Mr. Happy Bruise Soother is a product that I've used many times on my son when he's had bumps, scrapes, a fever or had some immunisations. The idea of it is that it provides cool relief to these areas to take down swelling and ease pain and discomfort that are associated with the swelling. A single Mr. Happy Bruise Soother costs £4.59 from Boots, which I felt was an okay price to pay - although it could get expensive if your child wants the set! Mr. Happy looks just like....well, Mr. Happy. A perfect vision of smily sunny happiness that kids really warm too. My son loves Mr. Happy - as he does many of the Mr. Men, but Mr. Happy and Mr. Messy happen to be his favourite. Boots also do a Little Miss Sunshine and a Mr. Bump which are equally good in terms of their likeness to the characters in the books. The Mr. Happy Bruise Soother is re-useable and we've used it several times already - and I suspect we'll use it many times more. The soother can be washed between uses in cool soapy water and then it should be rinsed and dried, other wise the plastic tends to become a little sticky. It needs to be cooled for about 30 minutes in the fridge before use, but I tend to just leave it in the fridge all the time when it's not being used so that it is all ready to be used when the emergency strikes! Using it is simple. It's just a matter of applying the gel pack to the area that you want to cool. It's worth mentioning that it's not huge and so it will only cover small areas of skin, but I have particularly found it useful to apply after immunisations and when my son got stung by a wasp. On both occasions, out came Mr. Happy and, after a few tears, my son was Mr. Happy again too. Generally I will leave it on the area until my son removes it - which is usually a few minutes as he seems to be placated after that and I think gets bored with the whole idea of staying cool. However, it will stay cool for about 20 minutes after application - and then it warms up again and needs to go back in the fridge for a while before reuse. I would say that it works fairly well - both as a bruising / inflammation soother, but also as a distraction tool. I think it's something that's worth having, although it's certainly not something that you couldn't live without!!
I won this online after entering a competition to win some health products. All I had to do was to write a product review! I was surprised at the weight of the soother, he is quite heavy. However, he is good quality and very strong and sturdy, it's very unlikely that he will break and/ or split. It says on the reverse of the pack that you can use him straight out of the fridge. I use the soother this way when I am suffering from a headache (or a migraine). The soother is cool but not freezing so it's not uncomfortable to use and you can hold the soother there for a while before feeling the need to remove it. I also suffer from joint pain in my left wrist so again, I will use the soother chilled and hold it over my wrist for a few minutes to numb the pain. The soother DOES work. It's easy to use too as once it has lost it's cool you just pop it straight back into the fridge! You can't microwave these, that is a NO. However, you can place them in hot water and use the soother warm. Don't place the soother in boiling water, just hand hot water and don't leave it in there for too long either. I use the soother warm and use it as a hand warmer. It comes in handy for those cooler nights when you need something to warm up cold hands. I know these are aimed at children but we can all use them - so this is a USEFUL product review! These are around £4.50 to £5.00 in the shops, I have seen them in Superdrug for just under five pounds.
Like most 4 year olds, my daughter is constantly falling over, bumping in to things and generally being clumsy. When anybody has an accident at her school the teachers are quick to get Mr Bump on the scene. Mr Bump is a bruise soother and according to my daughter he makes everybody feel better. A few months ago I was shopping in Tesco for cold and flu products, but ended up leaving with a Mr Happy Bruise Soother instead - Note to self: Don't take kids shopping with you! The bruise soother is made by a company called Oscar + Dehn who are said to provide 'comfort for kids against the knocks and tumbles of everyday life!'. Other Oscar + Dehn products include plasters, antibacterial hand gel, tissues, wet wipes, ear plugs, thermometers, hand warmers, eye masks and first aid kits. They also feature such favourites as Dora The Explorer and Ben 10. They have been described as 'pioneering thermal healthcare for 15 years'. Mr Happy is one of the Mr Men characters. He is a round, yellow and happy little chap (obviously). Oscar + Dehn have a number of different Mr Happy designs, although they all look pretty similar. Our Mr Happy is 'designed exclusively for Tesco'. He looks very cute and just as you would expect - yellow with a big smile on his face and his hands covering his mouth in a cheeky manner. It is packaged in plastic and backed on cardboard with all the necessary information. The Mr Happy Bruise Soother is said to be 'for little bumps and bruises'. It can be used chilled to soothe bumps and bruises, or used warm to soothe minor aches and pains. It is reusable and should be stored in the fridge (not freezer). I like the fact this bruise soother is resusable as we get a lot of use out of it (rather unfortunately!) and some other cooling products are disposable and useless after one use. We have had the Mr Happy Bruise Soother for months and he's still as good as new. The pack advises to keep the plastic packaging to store the bruise soother in whilst in the fridge and also advises washing the bruise soother after each use for hygiene reasons. I personally keep it in the fridge but not in the packaging. However I do make sure it's washed after each use. As soon as my daughter has an accident at home we reach straight for the fridge. She used to ask for Mr Happy, now we just automatically fetch him. As soon as Mr Happy is put on the affected area she begins to feel better - not so much because it gets to work super fast, but because it's Mr Happy... and he makes everybody happy, right!? He is certainly a welcome distraction. Mr Happy is a unisex kinda guy, so will be appreciated by both girls and boys. He does genuinely seem to soothe the area and bring down swelling rapidly too. Possibly the best part of the bruise soother is that I don't have to get the frozen peas out anymore! He stays cool for about 8 minutes after he has been removed from the fridge and we usually keep him on the skin for a few minutes, depending on the injury. Mr Happy contains a safe gel called Bitrex and is very squidgy - this allows him to be manipulated to fit around awkward/bendy areas of the body (something you wouldn't be able to do with something solid). We usually use him cool but have used him warm on a couple of ocassions. My daughter once woke up from sleeping and must have slept funny because she had a sore neck, so Mr Happy came to the rescue! To warm him you must place him in hot (but not boiling) water for 5 minutes, then apply to the affected area for 5-10 minutes. After 5 minutes of use, my daughter said she felt much better. I expect this product would also be useful to treat such things as headaches, sunburn and bites. It's a good size (22cm x 16cm) - not huge but certainly big enough to cover almost all affected areas. I bought the Mr Bump Bruise Soother from Tesco for a reasonable £3.50. It is also available at places such as Boots, Amazon and most pharmacies. It generally costs between £3.00 - £6.00 and other Mr Men/Little Miss characters are available (Mr Bump, Little Miss Helpful, Little Miss Giggles etc). Overall this is a fun, useful and invaluable product for us. I fully recommend to other parents (I can't see a reason why adults couldn't use it either).