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My 2+ year old is obsessed with band-aids. Every owie needs one, regardless of blood. This wouldn't be a problem, but when they start to fall she gets super upset, especially if she's tired. Why do they always seem to fall off at bedtime? I've tried telling her that band-aids are just for bloody owies, but she's adamant. Should I just go with it? Any other band-aid maniacs out there?
 

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I would just go with it. My dd was the same way at that age. They do grow out of it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I explained that band aids are only for blood owies to keep bad germs out. When she asks for a band aid and there is no blood I give her a "Mama band aid" which is a kiss. That works out *great*.<br><br>
For her third birthday I gave my DD a box of her very own band aids. She went through them in two weeks. When they were gone, they were gone. I think it's helped her learn to use things only when she really needs to.
 

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Following my brilliant dp's lead, I did what Arduinna did. Dc is now almost 3 and has completely outgrown it. Kisses (and sometimes nursing) seem to do the whole trick now.<br><br>
We said the bandaids were to "absorb the pain." Heads up though, if you leave them on the kids will get a rash in a bandaid shape. My niece had this obsession and her parents ended up making a rule that if there was no blood the bandaid had to go on her clothes!<br><br>
We used stickers as pain absorbers as well. (Thank you Whole Foods for the stickers.)
 

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My children are bandaid addicts as well. However the offer of a "cool cloth" usually works alot better. They love to press the cloth on and get that extra love. Why not try that. They also have those cute boo boo bunnies that you could use?
 

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I worried some about this until another mom pointed out that bandaids are a heck of alot cheaper than many other things kids get obsessed about. The biggest problem we had was that dd refused to take them off and ended up with the infamous bandaid-shaped rash, like chfriend mentioned. It only happened once, though, then we *all* agreed to take them off sooner.
 

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My ds just recently stopped wanting band-aids on bruises (and he gets a LOT of bruises being a 4 year old boy!)<br><br>
But he still wants them on the tiny little scratches, and gets upset when we need him to take a bath and the band-aid gets wet! he'll hold the body part out the water if he can. (happened just tonight in fact)<br>
Just a few minutes ago he went into the bathroom and put on a new band-aid (the one he had got wet and I guess must have started coming off)
 

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MY ds is the same way. I usually just let him put them on as often as he likes and hope that someday soon he'll outgrow this phase!
 

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Thanks! Glad to know we aren't the sole supporters of Band-Aid! I think we have 5 boxes in the bathroom.<br><br>
How about this- what are your kids' favorite band-aids? DD loves the Hello Kitty ones, but I just grabbed a box of Pooh ones because I saw that they were a different material, and they stay on great, even on feet! That's a major plus for mama! I think she had one on her feet for 3 days before it came off, even with showering and wearing rubber boots without socks!
 

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My son has some pooh ones, but mostly we use the plain old skin colored - I thought perhaps that would not encourage their use, but nope, still got to have band-aids.....
 

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Add my Tyler to the band aid addicts! He'll be 4 in December. It wasn't until the last couple of months that he will actually take off his band aid when he thinks he's all better (which he is, since there is most likely no injury in the first place!) The tatoo bandaids stay on FOREVER it seems! Right now we have Scooby Doo and Bob the Builder band aids. My MIL supplies him with character band aids, otherwise he'd be getting plain(I don't think that would deter him from needing a few every day though!)
 

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Okay, some of these posts seem kinda comical to me! What is the big deal? I try to think about picking my battles with dd.<br><br>
Bandaids are one of her favorite things. So, when we go to the store and she gets to pick one thing, I always mention bandaids. We do not get the expensive kind, I let her choose between 2 or 3 of the 99c variety. She always gets bandaids with birthday/holiday presents.<br><br>
I always have real bandaids for real owies in the house, in a place where she cannot get them. Then, she has her own bandaids (so does ds) in her own place that she can use whenever and however she wants. When they are gone, they are gone but we always get more! She even wanted to give a friend bandaids with her birthday present the other day! So, we did!<br><br>
In the big picture, bandaids are cool body stickers! Why not let them play?<br><br>
Love,<br>
Nicole
 

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I can remember loving "bandaids" myself. I even had a children's Golden Book, Dr Dan the Bandage Man, and was thrilled to find it again when my kids were little! It came with a "Bandaid brand bandage" stuck on the inside cover!!! wow!<br><br>
Kind of sexist 1950's book, b/c the little boy is in charge of makng his sister, her baby doll and his Dad all better with bandaids (after Mom gives him one one time). Still, I love that book, and my kids all did and they loved Bandaids. I used to give them as b-day presents to them and their frineds, always popular.<br><br>
My neice did a report on them in school. Curad sticks better, was her finding. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> <----- this thumb needs a Bandaid.
 

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ITA kanpope!!! This is just not a battle I want to fight, although getting my dh to understand was another story. He was adamant that they not use them unless they were bleeding, I soon won him over though. We must seriously have 10 boxes of bandaids in out cabinet. I grab them whenever I see them for cheap $$. Their favorites are Star Wars and Blues Clues.
 

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DD has had a major band-aid breakthrough! She now tells us when her owie feels all better (sometimes pretty quickly) and takes the band-aid off herself! And I thought she'd always need to wear them for 5 days at a time...<br><br>
It's true- this too shall pass! Maybe one day she'll understand that they are for when there is blood?
 
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