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Ds1 has a splinter in the pad of his right hand. He got it yesterday afternoon and we've tried scotch tape, glue and dh tried to get it out w/sterlized tweezers. It didn't come out and truthfully, had we held down a screaming, hysterical little boy we might have been able to get it out, but even then it would have been pretty difficult.<br><br>
I've put neosporin and a bandaid on it which ds1 promptly pulls off. I've poured hydrogen peroxide on it to clean it out and it only bubbled very faintly the first time, so even though the area is red, I'm not worried about infection (yet). It's bothering him today, so I'd like to try something else to get it out, but he's now so scared of the tweezers he doesn't even want to come near the bathroom w/me.<br><br>
Oh - and ds2 is teething and cranky so he's only happy for so long being laid down next to me and ds1's crying/screaming scares him, so then I have two little boys who are traumatized by this stupid splinter. Argh.<br><br>
Hints, tips, tricks for getting out a splinter? Do you think I could try removing it while he's sleeping?
 

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I recently read somewhere to put glue over the splinter. Supposedly when it dries, you can pull it off and the splinter should come with it. I've never tried it personally, but I thought it was an interesting idea.<br><br>
Maybe you could put the sticky part of the band aid over it so it will get pulled out when he takes the band aid off? Same idea.
 

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Sometimes the skin goes back over the splinter so using glue and such won't work. You can definitly try it when he's sleeping. You can also get a neighbor and see if they can get it out. When my dd was 3 she got a sliver at gymnastics. she wouldn't let me get it out without screaming but one of the other moms was able to get it out without a fuss from her.<br><br>
Soaking the palm in a bath can help keep any infection away and loosen it up so it can come out.
 

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Some one told me to use ground flax seed and I have used it on myself, it works like a miracle. Take some flax seed meal and make a poultice - just add water until it is pastey, put it over the spot and wrap it with something to hold it on. Leave it on till it dries, as it dries it will draw the splinter out. I tried to use this on my two year old and even in his sleep he would rub it off. It works on glass and gravel too.<br>
good luck!
 

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If a splinter is left under the skin it will cause an infection in a very small area only and that will work the splinter out. That is actually the way the body gets rid of it. It usually doesn't hurt. The skin just gets red, a wee little part around the splinter forms a pus-pocket and then it can almost be scraped off. Most of the time it will soak out in the bath tub when it gets to that stage.<br><br>
Unless he lets you take a needle to break the skin and lift it out.<br><br>
I would only use tea tree oil on it.
 

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Mix an equal amount of sugar and soap together to make a paste, spread over the splinter and apply a warm heat over the top. It should draw the splinter out.
 

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Ok ladies, yesterday it stopped bothering ds1 long enough that he let me look at his hand, it looks like it's not there anymore, but his hand is still sore if I press on it today and slightly red. I don't see any pus or anything.<br><br>
Have I set him up for a huge infection? Growing up I would get splinters & I'd never tell anyone because I feared the tweezers/needle so much, so my gut says it's still in there, but just to leave it alone & it'll work itself out (while keeping an eye on it for signs of it getting worse.) Dh thinks I'm being irresponsible by not holding him down and digging it out, I think I'm just weighing ds's physical & emotional needs equally.<br><br>
Argh..where's that black vs white, right vs wrong world of parenting decisions that exsisted before I had kids?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wild.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wild">
 

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It's in that book which ceases to exist once you become a parent ... y'know the book that every non parent has memorised and makes them an expert? I think it's called "The Complete Handbook of Parenthood and Children: becoming the perfect parent with perfect children who never misbehave" or something similar <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Good luck with the splinter ... shine a torch on it when he's asleep to see if you can see it. It will eventually work its way out, I think.
 

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Darn. I wish I had seen this thread earlier.<br><br>
Apparently a good folk remedy is to take a section of the peel from a ripe banana, place it over the spliter area, wrap with gauze and leave on overnight, or till the peel has balckened (if in the day time). Apparently it only takes one try to get the splinter out. Not sure if it will work now though, but you could try anyway. DS might think it's kind of fun even.
 
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