Best Bandages for Kids
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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