First Aid for Your Baby's Accidents

Splinters

Removing a splinter from a squirming baby or toddler can challenge even the most seasoned parent. It helps to have two adults for the job -- one to remove the splinter and the other to distract an unhappy child.

Home Care

Wash the skin around the splinter with soapy water. Clean a pair of fine-tipped tweezers with rubbing alcohol, then slowly pull the splinter out. Apply an antibacterial ointment and cover the area with a bandage if it's likely to get dirty. If the splinter isn't easy to remove, leave it alone for a couple of hours and see if it works its way toward the surface. Never dig at the skin or you risk causing an infection.

Call the Doctor If...

You can't remove a splinter safely.

Tip

For really soft splinters, like the ones from certain prickly plants, try using adhesive or duct tape to pull them out.

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