On the subject of removing splinters from children, my dr has this to say:

If your splinter does not fit any of the descriptions above, it should be safe to try to remove it yourself using the following method.

  1. Wash the skin around the splinter with warm, soapy water.
  2. Using sterile tweezers, grip the splinter as close to the skin surface as you can.
  3. Pull the splinter out directly. Don’t pull too hard or fast or the splinter may break.

With no mention of a child who has just shouted so loudly and for so long at the merest mention of you just having a look at his hand, that the neighbour from over the fence and down one has just called out is everything all right in a tone which suggests that she believes you should call an ambulance.