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That's athletic tape by the looks of it. Helps with circulation and whatnot.
Yes! I'm allergic to tape & bandaids. When I need something big covered up I use sports pre-wrap, like this: [link]
Yeah, if he is really red and inflamed it really could be an allergy/sensitivity. Inflammation is terrible, the poor little guy.
I am going to warn you that some naturopaths are dicks and they will not be cool and lecture you about steroids, so talk to them on the phone and find one that is understanding. I got really lucky, but I also live in Portland, OR (which is full of hippies and new agers, so I had lots of options), but my Naturopath understands that there is a time for steroids and they are transitional fix, until you can figure out the root of the problem and not just mask it.
If your traditional doctor can do this (otherwise go to a naturopath and they should be able to do it) insist on a food sensitivity panel and a lot of allergy testing. Sometimes things don't come back as "true allergies" but really affect the system. It could be something as simple as a dye, or for me it is eggs, gluten and cane sugar. So I had to learn to re-eat, but I feel pretty amazing otherwise. I still have dry skin, but I am no longer puffy, red, itchy, and having stomach aches (developed when I was a teen).
sorry I rambled haha! I just feel really bad for your kiddo and want to help.
Lighter prewrap -- you need tape with this one. It is really good for hot weather because it is breathable (like at night!)
Thicker stuff -- I suggest this one if he is playing sports. It really protects it!
I had the same problem! Every headband hurt! For both you and u/bluethreads , a copy/paste from a previous post of mine:
I learned about using this stuff from a girl on my university soccer team. It doesn't move! It doesn't hurt! And it's super cute! And cheap! Obviously this link is for a bulk quantity--I just chose it to show all of the colors available (in addition to the usual black). Smaller quantities are almost certainly available at your regular local pharmacy.
This stuff really does look great when used as a headband. I wear the black all the time.
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edit edit: I totally sound like an infomercial in this post. :\ I have absolutely no affiliation with any company that makes this stuff--just a big fan of the product.