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Painless Tape Removal

My 5 year old is wearing a heart monitor today and I will have to take this off before school tomarrow. The last time she had to wear this it was awful to take the little round tape off of her skin. Does anyone have any ideas of how to make this less painful. She will have to wear a monitor for a month and I will be having to continue to change these litte circle tapes. I want to make this as painless as possible. Thanks for and ideas.

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Rubbing alcohol will break down the adhesive and it will practically fall off for you! My son loves band aids, but screams when you try to remove them, so I found this easy, cheap and it really does work.

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You could try soaking it in Baby oil or olive oil, that might help loosen the tape.

You could also probably ask the doctor's office, they may have a really good solution too.

Alcohol would probably work but I wouldn't want to be putting that on the skin all the time...course I guess if you washed it really well and used some kind of moisturizer it probably wouldn't hurt anything.

Good luck and I hope that everything turns out okay.

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Hello T.,

We had to do the same thing about 6 months ago with our 3 year old. The 24 hour one was the worst on her skin, we got sensitive skin electrodes for the 30 day one. That one only had 3 leads, so not as many stickers. I also found that if I let her take a bath and then removed them it helped. I also used baby oil on the spots that I just took them off from. I also tried as much as I could to not let the old place and the new one overlap at all. The became more difficult as more days passed. She did have some skin break down but not as bad as it could of been. We also changed them every 2 days so they did not get such a good seal to her. Good luck to you
H.

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Becareful with getting wet in water that sometimes makes them stick more. There is an adhesive remover we use at work, not sure if over counter or not. if not i would try baby oil or something to loosen first. Good Luck

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You might want to go to ask.com to find out for sure, but it was suggested to my very hairy husband to use baby oil or lotion to get it unstuck from the skin. Also, Avon's skin so soft gets rid of the sticky gunk left behind.
Best wishes for your child's healthy future.

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When we were leaving the hospital after an overnight stay and a heart monitor the nurse use a rubbing alcohol wipe and as she gently pulled the tape from the top, wiped at the adhesive to break it down. It did take a while and I kept my daughter busy while this was done but it was totally painless. It will take several alcohol wipes or maybe even cotton balls with alcohol.

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I agree with the baby oil or alcohol idea.

Good luck!

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I have found that putting some alcohol on a q-tip and going around the edges helps ease the pain. The alcohol makes it less sticky or something. I have done that several times with those sticky circles. Just rub it around until part of the circle comes up, then keep rubbing it around the circle little by little. This is a little time consuming but so much better than the pain.

I hope this has helped.

A.

P.S. If you do not have any rubbing alcohol, try some face astringent. I have used that before also.

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baby oil! I had an infant in the NICU which means lots of those little sticky tapes. This worked great.

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What about GooGone. Its that orangey sticky stuff remover for lables. That might help!

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What I'm picturing here is similar to the pads that the EKG leads connect to so that is the route I'm going with my advice.

As a medical professional, I have always used a sort of "finger-walking" technique to remove the pads. I start to lift one edge just enough to get the slightest part of my finger tip (on the other hand) under it. Then I slowly peel back the pad while I "walk" my index and middle fingers on the skin, keeping my fingers as close as possible to the part of the pad that is still stuck to the skin.

On another note, one of my daughters had to wear an apnea monitor as an infant and we had the option of sticky pads or a velcro belt that she could wear. Is this an option? I found it much easier because it could be easily adjusted and removed when necessary. Plus, no sticky dirty mess left from the adhesive.

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When I worked as a nurse, we always used the alcohol pads to loosen the adhesive. Ask your dr for a handful when you are there next.

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Rubbing alcohol will break down the adhesive and it will practically fall off for you! My son loves band aids, but screams when you try to remove them, so I found this easy, cheap and it really does work.

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try vinegar, you could use a q-tip to saturate the edges of the tape, as the vinegar removes the stickiness, you can access more towards the middle (hope that makes sense) Vinegar is an awesome thing, and can be used for so much more than ppl think! Good luck :) I have never used it to remove tape from a person, but many adhesive substances from all types of surfaces...mostly stickers from places they shouldn't be ;)

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I would suggest slathering it in Vaseline or maybe KY jelly and let it loosen up. As a nurse, I've used this technique in getting stubborn bandages and tape off tender elderly skin. GOOD LUCK!!!

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THe best way to get the tape off is in the shower that is what i tell the male pt that have alot of hair to take off the tape or leads in the shower it hurts less.

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