January 16, 2012

Are you smarter than a band-aid?

My kids love band-aids.  LOVE band-aids.  The little one likes to wear them much the same way you or I would accessorize with jewelry!  Someone once asked in such a concerned way what she had done to her head.  You see, there was a very large pink bandage on her forehead.  What had she done?  Absolutely nothing!  She just likes band-aids.

But then, there's the issue of removing the band-aid.  You know what I'm talking about don't you?  You remember pulling them off as a kid and your mom telling you "Just do it as fast as you can.  It'll hurt less."  don't you??  But it never did hurt less.  My skin is aching as I think about pulling off a band-aid.  Ugh!!

Here's a secret for you:  To make removing the beloved bandage less traumatic, rub some hand sanitizer on the back.  The alcohol in the sanitizer dissolves (I guess!) the adhesive and they come right off.

I think I loved this tip most when my kids were babies.  They would come home from the doctor with four band-aids on their teeny tiny legs from immunizations.  Removing those suckers was worse than the shots!  Hooray for Purell!

What about you?  Any band-aid tips?


  1. Hmm, I'll have to try that method. Usually we just wait until it is bath time and then when the band aids get wet they fall off. The band aids my kids have gotten from shots generally don't stick well..which is good except that one time we stopped for lunch down the road at a restaurant to reward the kids for good behavior at the dr. and my daughter (who was an infant) was in the back choking on a bandaid she had taken off her leg. We couldn't hear her since she had no air. I don't know what would have happened if we hadn't stopped. So now I always take those stinkin things off right away. The worst band aids to me are the ones that I have gotten after I get a blood test taken. It is like they stick this awful gauze tape stuff on me with a cotton ball and it hurts worse than anything to pry it off. Now if I have to do it again I'll know to use the hand sanitizer. thanks!

  2. You are most welcome! Mine always stick too well. They stay on through multiple baths and begin to smell. Ew!