There’s no nice way to say it but patching is just not that much fun. If you’ve ever tried a patch on you’ll know that they can be annoying and disruptive to your vision. Obviously that’s the point when children are prescribed occlusion therapy (patching) but it can be a real struggle.
Finding the right patch for your child can be a daunting enough task but once you find one, you need to work out the best way to make them comfortable for your child. If you’ve chosen to use adhesive patches, it’s important to know that your child’s skin is going to take some time to get used to patching. Their skin is much more sensitive than an adult’s so it’s not unusual for some irritation to occur – redness and spots are pretty normal. If your child’s skin breaks out in a significant rash though, you need to stop patching immediately and ensure they are not allergic to any of the ingredients in the patch you’re using.
After trying all sorts of adhesive patches before we found the perfect patch for us, here are my top tips for applying adhesive patches to help you find what works for you.