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.
- Wash the skin around the splinter with warm, soapy water.
- Using sterile tweezers, grip the splinter as close to the skin surface as you can.
- Pull the splinter out directly. Donâ€™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.