I refuse to believe that I’m the only mom with accident prone children. Some kids are rough and tumble while others are more docile. I have two rough and tumbles. Our summer evenings end with advanced wound care and sliver extraction and our mornings begin with a fresh application of Neosporin and a bandage change.
Most of the bumps, bruises, and bleeding that stops eventually can be fixed with a “suck it up” or a kiss, but sometimes they actually get hurt so bad they cry.
Guess what? The company contacted me and sent me my very own provided I reviewed the product (without swearing).
What is it you ask, that I would temporarily abandon my signature offensiveness?
It’s a Bucky Woopsie from Backcare Basics. Specifically, this is Arble. There are 5 different Bucky Woopsies in in the line of buckwheat filled pouches designed to stick in the freezer or microwave for hot or cold therapy for those little mishaps. Bee stings, sunburns, bumps, bruises, fingertip amputations…the usual.
The nice folks at Backcare Basics let us choose which Woopsie we wanted to try. I’m a little suspicious that they knew the riot that was going to ensue amongst my children so that when I got it I would immediately see that I needed two more to satisfy everyone and to treat the injuries of the smack down over poor Arble. Hmmm, I have heard the first hit of crack is always free.
It wasn’t much better when we got poor Arble to tell you the truth. The kids went crazy when we picked him up from the post office. My 12 year old is trying to read the literature out loud over my two smaller kids in the car seats each screaming “my turn” and I’ll I can think is “Does Nurse Jackie ever hide Xanax in the freezer?”.
You can use the Woopsie for both hot and cold therapy, but I have only used it for cold therapy. You throw it in the freezer in a plastic bag for at least an hour and when your kid hurt, it makes them feel better.
In the span of a week it has not been tested on a severe wound and I suspect it doesn’t stay cold long enough for a huge contusion (see exhibit A above). However, I think it is perfect for minor bumps and bruises and my kids just love it. It’s not as cold as a regular ice pack and the cover feels nice on their skin.
The kids actually look forward to using it at this point so they grab it every time they stub their toe. It’s kind of like getting a new box of cartoon band-aids.
However, they are not always asking when they grab Arble, and I was a little concerned when I found him on the counter like this.
Horrified to discover the source of the bleeding was the neighbor kid, I immediately went over some ground rules with the kids and reminded them that Arble was good, but not magic and I still needed to inspect bleeding.
I’m happy to report that the blood stain easily washed out and Arble is now hanging out waiting to report for duty.
At our house, Arble is causing quite a few altercations, but so do any new toys. For my kids, though, I think it will be a good distraction when they do get hurt. In the long run, at $11.95 I think it’s cheaper and more environmentally friendly than a gazillion unnecessary band-aids.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go construct a splint out of two tree branches because someone is screaming about a compound fracture. Woopsie.
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