First Aid: Splintersenparents a splinter out as soon as you spot it helps prevent infection and makes removal easier.splinters, slivers, removing a splinter, extracting a splinter, pull out a splinter, avoiding splinters, embedded in the skin, embed, stuck, stick, wood, glass, metal, skin infection10/20/200906/27/201809/02/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD06/15/20187cf87f74-af13-4de3-80f7-5bb93af818b2<p><a href=""><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p>Splinters are objects that become embedded under the skin. Most often these are&nbsp;tiny pieces of wood, although glass, metal, and plastic can be splinters too.</p> <p>Taking a splinter out as soon as you spot it helps prevent infection and makes removal easier (since the skin won't have time to heal over the splinter).</p> <h3>Signs and Symptoms</h3> <ul> <li>a small speck or line under the skin, usually on the hands or feet</li> <li>a feeling that something is stuck under the skin</li> <li>pain at the location of the splinter</li> <li>sometimes redness, swelling, warmth, or pus (signs of infection)</li> </ul> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>To remove a splinter:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Wash your hands, then the area around the splinter with soap and warm water.</li> <li>Sterilize tweezers and a needle by putting the ends of each in boiling water, then wipe them off with a clean cotton ball or alcohol pad.</li> <li>If the splinter is sticking through the skin, firmly grip the end with the tweezers. Pull slowly and gently at the same angle the splinter went in so it won't break.</li> <li>If the tip of the splinter isn't sticking out, gently scrape the skin away from the splinter with the needle until there's an end to grab with the tweezers.</li> <li>After the splinter is removed, wash the area again and cover it with a bandage.</li> </ul> <h3>Get Medical Care if:</h3> <ul> <li>the splinter seems to be too deep or won't come out</li> <li>the splinter is under a fingernail or toenail and can't be reached</li> <li>the wound is bleeding a lot</li> <li>the skin around the wound looks infected</li> <li><a href="">your child's vaccines</a> are not up to date</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <p>Make sure kids:</p> <ul> <li>don't rub their hands on wooden surfaces (picnic tables, outdoor furniture, playground equipment, railings, toys)</li> <li>wear shoes on decks, boardwalks, and docks, and when wading in water</li> <li>wear slippers or shoes after glass breaks on the floor</li> <li>steer clear of bushes and plants with thorns or spikes</li> </ul>
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