Scientists have invented a biodegradable plaster you do not have to rip off. Instead it dissolves into the skin. The plasters can do this because they are made of starch that breaks down into glucose over time. This apparently can be absorbed safely by the skin.
The Daily Mail newspaper hails this as a great invention as it will save mums having to rip plasters off their little ones.
They are thinking foremost about that moment of pain which can make even the toughest little soldier cry out.
But it also seems to be suggesting a time saving element. Mums will no longer have to put themselves out to rip plasters off their children’s grazes. Instead they can get on with their dozen other tasks about the house - how kind.
Perhaps instead, scientists could think about inventing biodegradable dishes which do not have to be washed up, biodegradable dust and smears which do not have to be mopped and polished off floors and surfaces and biodegradable baby food which does not have to be wiped off, everywhere.
Now that would be a little more time saving for us mums, or dads. The Daily Mail doesn't even mention the dads. Is it somehow a mum's job to rip off plasters?