Health Tip: Treating Splinters at Home

Here's what parents can do

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(HealthDay News) -- Splinters, while they may be painful for young children, can be easily treated at home.

Here's a list of first-aid suggestions for splinters, courtesy of Children's Hospital Boston:

  • Calm the child.
  • Wash your hands and the affected area.
  • Sterilize a needle or tweezers using a match flame.
  • If the tip of the splinter is exposed, try to pull it out using the tweezers.
  • If the splinter is slightly underneath the skin, prick the skin using the needle and try to pull it out using the tweezers.
  • If the splinter is embedded underneath the skin, and you cannot remove it, call the child's physician.
  • Monitor the area for signs of infection, which may include swelling, redness or drainage.

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