I ordered Nexcare patches online... and while they stuck really well, they left a horrible red mark on his eye and he fussed when it was time to take them off (it hurt!) I tried using baby oil and lotion to help remove them, but that didn't help. I tried to do the Maalox trick where you dot parts of the patch with Maalox in hopes that it won't stick to certain parts of the skin. That was just messy.
|Tommy in an Eye-Doodle patch|
|Tommy in an Ortopad patch|
Other brands that I have found, but not tried are:
http://www.myipatches.com/home.php These patches are cute (I requested a sample) and this company lets you pick the styles of patches that you want. They sent me a free sample, but sent a note with tips on how to make them less irritating to the skin. Since Tommy is having enough trouble with cradle cap and baby rash, I'm waiting to try them. They supposedly stick really well, and I have a feeling that I will need those as my little boy gets bigger!
http://funeyepatchkitsforkids.com/ These patches allow your child to decorate them with stick-ons (like jewels and foam stickers). They also have a nice selection of cool colored patches. Since Tommy doesn't decorate yet... I haven't tried them. I may order some for his sisters to decorate for him, but haven't done it yet.
I have found quite a difference in how people react to a fun patch as opposed to a plain patch. People will ask what happened to him and often give positive comments on the patch. With a plain "flesh-colored" patch, they tend to look away. An interesting aspect of human nature!
Since we will likely be patching for quite some time, I am so thankful that some companies have cute options available. My favorite company is still the eye-patch stickers as I love the fact that a mom of a child with cataracts created them initially to make her daughter's experience better.