10 Health Tricks Every Parent Must Know

Remove Splinters

How to do it: "If your child has several fine splinters or cactus spines on the surface of the skin, touch the area with a strip of packing tape, then pull it away," says Ellen Kempf, M.D., medical director of the primary-care network at Akron Children's Hospital, in Ohio. If your child has a large, imbedded splinter, tweezers are still the best way to go.

Why it works: The splinters will adhere to the tape, making for a fast and easy removal.

When to call the doctor: If you can't get a splinter out, if the area shows signs of infection, or if it's extremely painful.

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