How to Swiftly Remove Splinters

When kids play in playgrounds surrounded by wood chips and mulch, they can be plagued by annoying and painful splinters. If your child gets a splinter, follow these tips to remove it:

* Wash the area with soap and warm water.

* Examine the splinter. If it's a shard of glass or metal, have a doctor remove it.

* For a wood splinter, put pressure on it with your finger, about 1/4 of an inch from the deepest puncture point. This may help dislodge it. Otherwise, you'll have to break the skin with a sterilized needle.

* Pull the splinter out with a pair of tweezers.

* Clean the area again.

* Apply an antibiotic ointment, then put on an adhesive bandage.

Watch for signs of infection such as pus, red streaks and pain. Also, make sure your child has an updated tetanus shot.

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