band-aid

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band-aid

A quick and usually ineffective solution to a problem that only addresses the symptom and not the root cause. A reference to the Band-Aid brand of adhesive bandages. Sometimes capitalized. Primarily heard in US. Lowering educational standards in schools may increase graduation rates, but it does little more than slap a band-aid on a much deeper problem.
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When the country was shocked to the core last January with the incident in Kasur, the state's response was a band-aid. It was not structural reform, not comprehensive protection of children, not addressing the core issues that make our children vulnerable it was a band-aid.
"Allowing children to pick out a Band-Aid featuring their favorite character or design gives them some control during what can be a scary situation."
The easiest way to make a plantain poultice is to chew up the leaf, put it on the wound, and cover it with a band-aid to hold it in place.
When my two-year-old hurts himself, he knows where to find plantain and a band-aid. A day later, as he takes off his band-aid, my heart warms as he delights, "Mommy, it's healed!
Next, douse the site with a skin disinfectant such as Betadine or Povidone (unless you're allergic to iodine, which both of these products contain), and cover it with a Band-Aid (not too tightly), In most cases of nail tearing, however, you should probably see a podiatrist.
Some dancers live with a partially torn nail by avoiding pointe for a few days and thereafter taping the loose nail down with a Band-Aid (only the non-sticky part should touch the nail, please) until a new nail plate forms underneath, which often takes at least three months.
In addition to care in fitting, ways to avoid getting blisters include applying a Band-Aid or tape to susceptible sites.