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Best Bandages for Kids

Credit: Abriah Wofford
By Molly Bradac ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Friday June 4, 2021
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Looking for the best kids' bandages of 2021? We've researched, purchased, and tested the top 8 bandages on the market to find the best options for every situation. To determine the best and rank our lineup, we evaluated each contender for material comfort, durability, and more. So it's "safe" to say we've got you covered (figuratively and literally) when it comes to bandaging needs. We are confident there is a bandage in our lineup that can meet your goals and budget.


1

Best Overall Kids' Bandages


Welly Eye Love U Bandages


Latex-free: Yes | Assorted Sizes: Yes
Comfortable to wear
Flexible and stretchy
Attractive
Small gauze pad
Struggles to stay on fingers after handwashing

Move aside ordinary skin-tone dressings and welcome the Welly Eye Love U Bandages. This product performed well in our testing, and with fashionable and fun designs, these bandages are eye-catchy and kid-approved. The fabric looks and feels high-quality, plus it is flexible and stretchy. While testing, the bandages remained comfortably on arms and legs, surviving multiple showers and outdoor activities. Welly products come in a travel-friendly, sturdy tin, which we consider a wonderful perk instead of paper boxes. So, throw the tin in any backpack or diaper bag without fear of it being broken or lost.

The gauze pad that goes over the wound and keeps the bandage from touching it is smaller than some of the competition. While testing the bandage on fingers, it became loose after handwashing, a feat that most non-waterproof bandages also fail. Despite these drawbacks, if you seek a fashionable bandage and appreciate the storage tin, we think this top-performer is one to check out.

The Welly Eye Love U Bandages offer high-quality fabric, fun...
The Welly Eye Love U Bandages offer high-quality fabric, fun designs, and good performance.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

2

Best Budget-Friendly Pack


Band-Aid Bandages Family Pack


Latex-free: Yes | Assorted Sizes: Yes
Affordable
Multiple bandages of varying sizes
Perform well
The majority of bandages are skin-tone

The Band-Aid Bandages Family Pack is a budget-friendly choice providing an assortment of adhesive bandages (five different types and various sizes) at an affordable price. Truly, this box includes bandages of all sizes and will come to the rescue for any "ouchie" (big or small) that your little one may encounter. We think the bandages perform well and are comfortable to wear.

Besides one box of Disney's character bandages that appeal to tiny tots, the rest are beige and less intriguing to little ones. But, if you want to stock up on bandage supplies, this option is a great addition to your home first-aid kit covering a wide variety of bandage size needs.

The Band-Aid Bandages Family Pack is ideal for those who seek...
The Band-Aid Bandages Family Pack is ideal for those who seek quantity and variety on a budget.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

3

Best for Waterproof Coverage


Nexcare Clear Waterproof Bandages


Latex-free: Yes | Assorted Sizes: Yes
Excellent durability
Thin and flexible
Challenging to remove
Leaves residue behind

The Nexcare Clear Waterproof Bandages are a superstar waterproof choice for cuts, blisters, and more. They provide a 360-degree seal, keeping water, dirt, and germs away from injuries. It is designed to stay on the skin while showering, swimming, or bath time, which we can confirm through our hands-on testing. It even worked well on fingers and toes, a feat that challenges most non-waterproof bandages. Of course, to achieve a good seal, it is important to apply the bandage on dry, clean skin. The bandage is flexible and comfortable to wear, and the adhesive area is clear and thin, and the beige section is minimal. Together, these features make the overall bandage less noticeable.

The bandages' adhesiveness is incredibly effective, so pulling the bandage off can be slightly uncomfortable. Nexcare's website suggests rubbing a little baby oil or cooking oil into the adhesive area to help the bandage release from the skin. Unfortunately, after removal, we noticed leftover residue on the skin around the perimeter of the bandage. However, if you seek a truly outstanding waterproof bandage available in various sizes, we highly recomend this useful product.

The Nexcare Clear Waterproof Bandages are excellent at keeping...
The Nexcare Clear Waterproof Bandages are excellent at keeping water, dirt, and grime out.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

4

Best for Eco-friendly


PATCH Natural Bamboo Bandages


Latex-free: Yes | Assorted Sizes: No
Compostable
Comfortable
Expense
No assorted sizes
Poor performance on fingers with handwashing

If you're an eco-minded individual, you might like PATCH Natural Bamboo Bandages. These fabric bandages are bamboo fiber and are compostable, making them more environmentally friendly than traditional bandages. The manufacturer claims the bandages are latex-free, paraben-free, breathable, and plastic-free. They are thin and flexible, move and bend with the skin, plus comfortable to wear. Besides the PATCH Natural, other options are available.

This bandage product has a few downsides. It is costly, it does not last long on fingers after handwashing, and PATCH doesn't offer assorted sizes. But, if you seek an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bandages, we think this option is worth the price of admission.

The PATCH Natural Bamboo Bandages are compostable and may appeal to...
The PATCH Natural Bamboo Bandages are compostable and may appeal to those who seek an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic bandages.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

5

Great for Cartoon Lovers


Nickelodeon's Paw Patrol Band-Aids


Latex-free: Yes | Assorted Sizes: Yes
Inexpensive
Adequate performance
Doesn't last on fingers after handwashing
Plastic lacks comfort

If you think your tiny tot may find comfort in seeing their favorite team of superhero pups, purchase Nickelodeon's Paw Patrol Band-Aids. In addition to this theme, there are many other popular characters to choose from. The bandage has a plastic feel, is somewhat stretchy, breathable (thanks to tiny holes), and, simply put, will get the job done.

Unfortunately, like most non-waterproof bandages, this option doesn't survive long on fingers after handwashing. Also, the plastic feel lacks comfort in comparison to fabric bandages. Nevertheless, this affordable pack is kid-approved, and we think, ready to cheer up any cartoon-loving tot with cuts and scrapes.

Nickelodeon's Paw Patrol Band-Aids are plastic and may appeal to...
Nickelodeon's Paw Patrol Band-Aids are plastic and may appeal to children who are cartoon fans.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

6

Best for Neon Colors


All Terrain Neon Kids Bandages


Latex-free: Yes | Assorted Sizes: Yes
Larger size with 360-degree adhesive area
Gluten-free
Doesn't survive handwashing
Lacks comfort

If you want to make a fashion statement by wearing bold colors, the All Terrain Neon Kids Bandages will fit the bill. In addition, the manufacturer claims these bandages are gluten-free for those who need to avoid this ingredient. While testing, we noticed that they have good adhesion. The larger sizes have a 360-degree adhesive area surrounding the gauze pad, helping it lay flat on the skin, but the smaller bandages in the box do not.

We think the bandage's plastic outside is not as comfortable as fabric competitors, and they don't last long on fingers after handwashing. But, if bold colors are your jam, this product works.

The All Terrain Neon Kids Bandages are plastic and add a pop of color.
The All Terrain Neon Kids Bandages are plastic and add a pop of color.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

7

Decent Fabric Choice


Solimo Bandages


Latex-free: Yes | Assorted Sizes: Yes
Larger and wide
Soggy when wet
Not as comfortable on the leg
One-size option is large for small cuts

The Solimo Bandages are large and wide compared to other competitors in our lineup (besides the Band-Aid Family Pack), and it sports a medium skin-tone shade. While testing, it stayed put on arms and legs, even after multiple showers and outdoor activity.

As a fabric bandage, this option is soggy when wet and takes some time to dry. Although it feels soft to the touch, it was not as comfortable to wear, and the one-size option is too big for small cuts. Therefore, we suggest purchasing the assorted size option. Despite these drawbacks, you may want to consider this option if you seek a fabric bandage with a medium skin tone.

The Solimo Bandages are wider than most contenders, except some...
The Solimo Bandages are wider than most contenders, except some options in the Band-Aid Bandages Family Pack.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

8

Good for the Tightest Budget


Ouch Essentials Kiddo Care


Latex-free: Yes | Assorted Sizes: No
Design variety
Adequate performance
Not as stretchy
Plastic lacks comfort
Gauze pad leaks water after handwashing

The Ouch Essentials Kiddo Care offers quantity, design variety, adequate performance, all at an affordable price. We are sure there is a bandage here that should please any kid audience with eight different designs. The bandages are plastic, thin, and flexible.

Although the bandages work, their quality did not overly impress us. The plastic is less comfortable to wear and lacks stretch. In addition, the bandage is not ideal for wet environments as the gauze pad soaks up water and leaks when squeezed. However, after hand washing, while wearing a bandage on our hands, it did not unwrap and begin to fall off as much as other contenders. We recommend this option to those on a tight budget who want various designs from which to select.

Besides providing the widest range of design options, the Ouch...
Besides providing the widest range of design options, the Ouch Essentials Kiddo Care are run-of-the-mill standard bandages.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Important: Please follow the manufacturer's recommendations, and consult with your pediatrician if you have any questions regarding how bandages should be used, applied, and changed.

Each contender in our lineup experienced hands-on testing and...
Each contender in our lineup experienced hands-on testing and side-by-side comparison.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Why You Should Trust Us


BabyGearLab has the expertise and knowledge (thanks to nearly a decade of testing) to help recommend products to meet your needs when it comes to baby-related gear and toys. Leading our review is Molly Bradac, Senior Review Editor, and nanny with over 14 years of experience. Each product in our review was researched, purchased, and rigorously tested hands-on to find the best and identify key differences through side-by-side comparison.

Remove, peel, and press to seal the Nexcare Clear Waterproof...
The Solimo Bandages are wider than most of the competition.

Analysis and Test Results


To evaluate performance, we put each kids' bandage to the test. First, we wore them for an extended period to assess how they handle real-life activities (handwashing, showering, swimming, and physical activity), along with a side-by-side comparison to evaluate the size, material, and comfort.

Bandages can use fabric or plastic material.
Bandages can use fabric or plastic material.
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Material Comfort


Some bandages use fabric, and others use plastic; both materials have pros and cons. For example, fabric bandages tend to have more flexibility, making them more comfortable to wear, but after water exposure, they can feel wet to the touch and take longer to dry. On the other hand, plastic bandages may not feel damp after water exposure, but they do not offer as much stretch.

While testing, we noticed a few fabric competitors offered flexibility, stretch, and comfort, such as the Welly Eye Love U Bandages and PATCH Natural Bamboo Bandages. These bandages were nearly undetectable while wearing and ranked higher in our lineup.

Some plastic options, like Nickelodeon's Paw Patrol Band-Aids and Ouch Essentials Kiddo Care were not as comfortable on the skin. Interestingly, the Solimo Bandages are fabric, yet they lacked comfort, perhaps due to the size and bandage location.

Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but if you suspect your child may notice material comfort, we suggest starting with a fabric option. And, if you are unsure, the Band-Aid Bandages Family Pack offers bandages of varying materials, providing a dressing for any need.

Bandages can vary in shapes and sizes, and we suggest having a...
Bandages can vary in shapes and sizes, and we suggest having a variety on hand.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Size


Bandages come in all shapes and sizes. What size you use will depend on the size of the injury and the body part that requires the bandage. However, not every box offers assorted sizes, which could leave you with a small cut and a giant bandage or a large abrasion and a bandage that is too small. Therefore, we think it is a good idea to keep a wide range of bandage sizes on hand to increase the likelihood that you'll have what you need when you need it.

Among the competition, the Ouch Essentials Kiddo Care and PATCH Natural Bamboo Bandages are the only brands in this lineup that are one-size bandages.

The Band-Aid Bandages Family Pack offers the broadest range of sizes, with Nexcare Clear Waterproof Bandages coming in close behind. However, no matter what style or size you choose to keep in stock, we think it is wise to keep waterproof options on hand as well.

Bandages will encounter all sorts of variables, and depending on...
Bandages will encounter all sorts of variables, and depending on your needs, you may want to select one that stands up to the test.
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Durability


Depending on where you place a bandage, it may or may not get a good seal, especially when you add factors such as friction, water, dirt, sweat, and oil. Activity also contributes to the ability of a bandage to stay put and do its job; active children might experience the need for more frequent bandage changes or replacements.

Nearly all of the non-waterproof bandages in our lineup couldn't survive on fingers after handwashing as the friction and water caused the bandages to loosen and fall off. However, when applied to larger surfaces, like legs, arms, and torsos, these bandages typically managed to stay put, even in semi-wet conditions.

The Nexcare Clear Waterproof Bandages excelled in durability and held up in all conditions and locations like fingers, toes, knees, and elbows. This product is the best for covering cuts and scrapes that need protection from water and grime. Also, if your little one will be playing in or around water, this choice can help keep minor scrapes and cuts free from outside moisture that could delay healing.

Tip: Take special care not to wrap bandages too tightly as this can reduce or prevent circulation.

The Welly Eye Love U Bandages come in a handy, sturdy tin.
The Welly Eye Love U Bandages come in a handy, sturdy tin.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Conclusion


All children experience bumps, scratches, and cuts during childhood. Although "boo-boos" are never fun, a cool or unique bandage can lift spirits and provide a germ-free barrier to help wounds heal. We consider bandages to be a household staple and suggest keeping a collection of different bandages on hand for these unforeseeable accidents. Our lineup of top options includes various popular kids' bandages that can help keep "boo-boos" clean and ready to heal.

Molly Bradac