Elastoplast and #tearsintosmiles campaign

With the warmer weather finally making an appearance, many parents like myself will be eagerly trying to get their children playing outside, as opposed to sitting inside on games consoles and tablets. 
I am lucky that I live on a very small close with just ten houses and no roads outside my front door. Instead it’s all lawns and paths so all the kids can safetly play out without the need to worry about cars and roads.
Playing out always brings falls and cut knees at some point, my children regularly have their fair share and especially my girls. When this happens it’s down to me to give lots of hugs to make the stinging knee feel better as well as any first aid that may be necessary. This is usually just a case of an antiseptic wipe and clean followed by “magic” cream or a plaster.
Last Summer my 9 year old Jordanna was constantly covered in bruises and cuts, I actually worried when sending her to school. At one time the whole side of her body was covered in big scrapes where she had come off her scooter and literally skidded a few feet across the ground. She’s  certainly a tough cookie but her poor body looked such a mess.
#TearsIntoSmiles Challenge by Elastoplast is about celebrating playing outdoors and the freedom playing outdoors brings to children. After all, falling down is part of growing up. 
Elastoplast are a well known brand when it comes to plasters and they sent over a few of their new kids packs with Frozen and Star Wars character themes. 

These packs contain many plasters of different sizes and all with different images. My kids actually wanted to put the plasters on without any cuts.
We also kindly received a ring toss game to play outdoors. And yes it immediately took me back to my childhood days as I am positive I had something very similar to this.

Now it’s very unlikely that a game of ring toss will cause a cut knee or elbow or cut on any other body part (fingers crossed) but my kids love it. 
So we had the plasters, we had the weather, and we even had a new game to play outdoors, all we needed now was a cut knee or two. This is usually a frequent weekly occurrence in this house and usually happens on the way to school. So I waited and waited and just when I was finally about to give up and just stick a plaster on one of them regardless; it happened.  Izebella fell twice on the way home from nursery! 

My poor little girl cried because her knee stung. It was only a small scrape but it still bled and a small bruise was quickly forming around it. I wiped it with some cotton wool and warm water, and applied a frozen “magic” plaster of her choice (the magic bit makes it all better!). She actually could not wait to get one of these plasters on. 

They stick really well and seem easy enough to peel off with minimal pain – If any of you recall the big brown fabric plasters of the 1980s then you will know what I mean by pain and those famous last words from our parents “it won’t hurt if I do it quickly honest! It probably hurt more ripping those things off than the actual fall itself OUCH!!
Plasters such as the character ones above protect wounds and cuts from dirt and bacteria whilst also being skin friendly. It’s important to cover up new wounds to prevent further infection or trauma. These character plasters seem to really appeal to younger children like Izebella who is normally against having plasters on. As well as a nice plaster, a good clean and plenty of hugs helps overcome falls and cut knees and of course everything is magic, from the wipes, cream and plaster itself (tho this only works for the younger kids)

This post is an entry for the BritMums #TearsintoSmiles Challenge, sponsored by Elastoplast. http://campaigns.elastoplast.net/plastermoments/uk


  1. May 7, 2017 / 17:13

    So great to hear there are still safe places for children to play out and the odd battle scar just shows great fun is being had. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part..

    • May 7, 2017 / 17:53

      Thanks and yes I’m lucky to live in a safe area. My daughter has not stopped falling since this post. I
      Her legs are covered in scrapes, I think she just likes having the plasters on!

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