An elastic bandage is a stretchy, rolled bandage designed to wrap around a body part, such as a leg or arm, to give support. The bandages come in several different sizes up to 6 inches wide. Many people call them Ace bandages, which is the name of a common brand.
An elastic bandage gives firm pressure to an injured body part. It helps limit swelling and ease pain. The bandage gives some support to the injured area, but your child may need to wear a splint or brace to give more support and protection during sports or other activities. An elastic bandage may also be used to help prevent some sports injuries. Ask your child’s healthcare provider about this.
You can use an elastic bandage to hold an ice pack on an injury. Put a couple of loops of the bandage around the injury first and then place the ice bag over the bandage. Roll the rest of the bandage around the ice pack to hold it snugly against your child’s body.
To wrap an elastic bandage around an injured body part:
Wrap the bandage firmly but not too tightly. If it’s too tight, it can cut off blood flow to the injured area and cause swelling. For example, if an elastic bandage on the ankle is too tight, your child’s feet and toes may swell, feel cold, or turn bluish. If this happens, be sure to loosen the bandage.
Keep using the elastic bandage until the injured area is no longer painful or swollen.