Ouch! A splinter is no fun, but when your toddler gets one, you can find yourself in an all-out war against that tiny sliver of wood. You can do this, Dr. Mommy. You'll need to employ the time-honored parenting tactic of distraction and keep your cool. After all, you've given birth; you can square off against this teeny foe!
1 Plop your mini-patient in a nice, warm bath. Allow him to play with rubber ducky and get his mind off the boo-boo. The warm water may coax that little culprit right out into the tub. If not, the bath will help soften the skin and make removing that pesky piece of wood a lot easier.
2 Distract your kiddo with a favorite show. Pop in a DVD and if you are so inclined, offer your little one a sippy of juice or a lollipop. The goal here is to get her interested in something other than you digging around in her finger or toe for that sliver.
3 Look for the spot where the sliver is sticking out of the skin and using tweezers sterilized with rubbing alcohol, gently remove it. This might take a few tries; reassure your sweetie by saying something like, "It won't hurt. Mommy's being gentle."
4 Remove the splinter completely. Wash the area thoroughly with soap and water.
5 Call your pediatrician if you cannot get that little bugger out or if you see a visible remnant still under the skin. This ailment might be above your pay grade!
Items you will need
- Rubbing alcohol
- Warm water
- Favorite show
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