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Getting a splinter out?

(11 Posts)
Fridayschild Tue 07-May-13 23:07:53

DS got a splinter in his finger climbing on an old log in the park yesterday. It was so painful he only mentioned it to me tonight, 24 hours later hmm. Now of course it is stopping him sleeping hmm and I am required to extract it but the skin has started to grow over, so tweezers are not working. Does anyone have any other suggestions for us?

BriansBrain Tue 07-May-13 23:10:18

Any thing to make him sush and go to bed vasaline, cream and a plaster and let him know it will be ready to come out in the morning if he sleeps now.

Theselittlelightsofmine Tue 07-May-13 23:10:59

Needle to break the skin and then try the tweezers again.

Try soaking the finger in warm water first just to soften the skin up a bit.

hufflebottom Tue 07-May-13 23:11:13

sterilised pin to take the skin off then use tweezers

suze28 Tue 07-May-13 23:12:19

Magnesium sulphate paste slathered over splinter, then put a plaster on. It will definitely work.

xtyz Tue 07-May-13 23:13:24

Zinc paste, cover with plaster. It will draw it out

larlemucker Tue 07-May-13 23:13:32

Leave a plaster on overnight, softens the skin so it'll be easy to pull out tomorrow

neverlookback Tue 07-May-13 23:13:37

Try soaking his hand in warm water for 5 - 10 min to soften skin, my dd won't let me near her with tweezers so I put some germolean or any antiseptic on and a plaster overnight and that helps to draw it out.
Or if it has to be out tonight try to pick with a pin a little down the side to uncover it so u can grab better with tweezers! Good lucksmile

SirBoobAlot Tue 07-May-13 23:14:56

DS had one in his foot two weeks ago. Managed to get half of it out and the bugger split, he wouldn't let me near it again. Ended up coating it in germoline with a plaster over the top, a few baths... It came out of it's own accord a few days later.

BlueBumedFly Wed 08-May-13 21:03:11

Baking soda mixed into a paste and a plaster for 24 hours, draws it out no problems and no tweasers (to much risk of infection).

Sidge Wed 08-May-13 21:24:21

Leave it alone - foreign bodies make their own way out.

Mag sulph can be an irritant.

If it needs "treatment" to help him sleep then put magic cream on (eg Savlon) and a plaster!

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