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Distract Toddlers With Dummy Bandages

Jean-Paul Romes, MD Pittsburgh

When I repair facial lacerations on toddlers, I find that they are likely to start pulling at the bandage as soon as I put it on. This endangers the repair and increases the risk of infection. An effective solution is to put a colorful children's adhesive bandage on each of the patient's thumbs. This gives the child something new to focus on and distracts him or her from the facial bandage. The thumb bandages are more difficult to pull off, thus giving the face more time to heal.