Product Type: Oscar and Dehn health products
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Mr Happy lives up to his name...
Mr Happy Bruise Soother
Member Name: karalouk
Mr Happy Bruise Soother
Advantages: Soothes discomfort and swelling, A welcome distraction for children
Disadvantages: None for us
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).
Summary: A must have for all parents.