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post #1 of 13
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My 3 year old got a huge splinter in his hand and he REFUSES to let me get it out. I mean all out flailing everywhere screaming DON'T HOLD ME DOWN! DON'T HOLD ME DOWWWWWN!. Trying to bite, kick, scream, scratch - anything to get out from me holding him. I don't have six hands to hold him down and still get it out. I googled it for help, and found that some people say to put a piece of onion on the splinter with a bandaid and it will draw it out. But he won't put the bandaid on. I tried doing it in his sleep but he woke up and started screaming and ripped it off. I've tried putting neosporin on it - he rubs it right off. I've tried offering ANY reward -- anything he wants - so I can get it out. No go. He got it yesterday late afternoon and now it's beat read and looks like it's starting to get infected. It's completely under the skin surface, with no part of it sticking out to get it by tweezers, so that will make it more difficult to get out. I don't doubt it hurts, but I can't very well just leave it in there! so I have to get it out.. If there's nothing else to do but hold him down, I'll have to wait until 4pm when DH gets home from work to do it.. Any ideas/suggestions?
post #2 of 13
I don't know if you have it there but we can buy an over the counter cream called EMLA

Here is a link: http://www.skinsite.com/info_emla_cream.htm

It completely numbs the skin. We just put some of the cream on, wait 30 min and then pull out the splinter and they won't feel a thing. We even used it before dd got her ears pierced and she didn't feel anything. If you can get some today, it may solve the issue. Then you can just keep the rest in the medicine chest for future needs. We use it at needle sites so so the kids never feel needles when they go in.
post #3 of 13
OUCH!. My 4 year old had this happen to him about 3 weeks ago, and it looked so painful. He was such a good sport about it. I got a little squeamish about it, but he did great. I was holding him and calming him while my sitter tried with a safety pin to scrape off skin a little by little, and we had applied a ice pack (to numb it a bit). And I had already placed a call in to my nurse. When she called, she said to bring him in if it's really deep. We got there, and they put some sort of ointment (they said it would help remove it faster), and the doctor came and used (it looked like nail clippers), and removed it. It bled just a little bit. And she said to watch for infection. She said if the area starts getting tomato red, it's infected. Luckily his wasn't infected.
I would recommend taking him in to the doctor. Two nurses and I had to hold my son down while the doc did her thing. I would place a call to the ped. and see what they say.
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by KathrynHannah View Post

I don't know if you have it there but we can buy an over the counter cream called EMLA

Here is a link: http://www.skinsite.com/info_emla_cream.htm

It completely numbs the skin. We just put some of the cream on, wait 30 min and then pull out the splinter and they won't feel a thing. We even used it before dd got her ears pierced and she didn't feel anything. If you can get some today, it may solve the issue. Then you can just keep the rest in the medicine chest for future needs. We use it at needle sites so so the kids never feel needles when they go in.

YES! it was something along those lines what they put on him, and waited about 15 minutes (but yes I think they recommend 30 minutes), and he didn't feel much of the pain.
post #5 of 13
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I've never seen this at the store before, but I am curious as to whether the drugstore has it (or something similar). I honestly don't think he would keep the stuff on. He is terrible about refusing to have any creams or the like on him (neosporin, etc). But it is worth a try!
post #6 of 13
Honestly it's probably the holding him down that bothers him more than any pain.

It's just one of those things that has to be done - with him throwing a fit or not. You could try letting him sit in a bath for a bit and let his skin soften. Maybe distract him with some bubbles or something to see if you can get a look at it. But yeah - you're probably going to have to hold him down to get it out.

I've heard - but never tried - that scraping a credit card from the deepest point towards where it entereed can help to push it out as well. GL
post #7 of 13
Have him take a long bath so him skin soaks, this will help when you remove it, it will slide out easier. Then when he gets out tell him you will do something special for him if he lets you try to take out the splinter. Explain to him that Mommy would never do anything to hurt you to reassure him. That would be great if you could find that numbing cream. Let her try a few times with the tweezers and them maybe he might be more willing to let you help him.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by 3boys View Post

I would place a call to the ped. and see what they say.

I was hoping to avoid a dr visit but it may be the only way!
post #9 of 13
Soaking it in the tub is your best bet! I had the same problem with my Mitchell..he wouldn't let me touch it and it was in there really bad so I had him take a bath and soak him it in the tub it came right out!! God luck!!!!
post #10 of 13
I read on another site somewhere, that duct tape will get splinders out! Never have tried it, but it couldn't hurt!
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