Why Do Little Kids Love Bandaids?

bandaids The girls fall down pretty much every day walking home. Today was no different. They like like to pick flowers, pick up rocks, and chase butterflies as we walk across the big field near the school. Of course this means they're not always looking where they're going. Jaiden was the first to fall, but it was a minor spill, and she popped right up with barely a whimper.

Until we reached the other side of the field and crossed the road ...

Joey tripped on the curb and skinned her knee enough that there was a little drop of blood. Before she could start getting too upset, I offered that the cut looked bad enough to need a bandaid when we get home. The stopped the boo boo in it's tracks, she was happily down the sidewalk in search of more flowers.

Meanwhile ...

Jaiden now has a really hurt look on her face, and is closely examining her wrist to see if there's any blood ... and obviously disappointed that it appears to be a totally blood free scrape. Just before I'm quite certain she's about to break into tears, I let her know that yes, she can have a bandaid too.

All is again right with the world.

lol, from a marketing perspective, can you imagine an easier product to sell? Seriously, little kids actually want to bleed just so they can have a bandaid. Slap a Hello Kitty or Sponge Bob design on there, and they'll cover themselves with a whole box full of bandages if their parents leave it anywhere within reach.

How did we develop such a love affair with this little piece of padded adhesive? Through 20 years, and 7 kids, I've yet to have one who doesn't "suffer" from this "addiction".

Any thoughts?

Keep havin FuN!


  1. Hi Todd,
    Sorry about what happened on my first comment I started but I lost power and it went into never-never land, so I will begin again:).
    My take on this is when a child gets a scratch, bump or cut and Mom or Dad stop the bleeding and adds the bandaid (if there is bleeding), a small child tends to believe the bandaid cured the problem . Then I have seen small children that just like to get a little boo boo to get a bandaid.
    I, like you, have wondered why the bandaid cures all problems no matter or small or large.
    I have a frend that has to keep her bandaids hid in the bathroom cabinet so her children can't find them and waste them.
    I've never figured it out....maybe a/the child sees other children using this remedy and think it works. Like the old saying, if it works go for it, LOL.
    Sorry I lost the first comment I started. Hopefully this one will surfice.
    Keep your posts coming. I always loved to read about children and see their precious pictures.
    A Friend Indeed!

  2. lol, yes I think forgetting to hide the bandaids is something most parents only do once. Don't get me wrong, in hindsight it's kind of fun to see a little kid covered in 50 bandaids, but then inevitably you forget to buy more, and don't have any when one of the little ones really does get a boo boo. :-)


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