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How to Get Splinters Out of a Toddler

by Melissa Willets

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!

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.

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.

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."

Remove the splinter completely. Wash the area thoroughly with soap and water.

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
  • Tweezers
  • Warm water
  • Favorite show

About the Author

Melissa Willets has been writing about parenting, pregnancy and "all things mom" since 2009. She has contributed to many websites, including Pampers.com and WhatToExpect.com.

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