Mom Shares Genius Trick For Removing Splinters

Claire Bullen via Facebook

Being a mom is the best, isn’t it? The cuddles, the laughs, the magic that’s in the every day. But then, of course, there are the boo-boos. One of the worst offenders? Splinters.

If your kid has ever gotten a splinter before, then you know the drill. The initial shrieks and cries are soon followed by you attempting to pry the piece of shredded wood from their finger with a pair of tweezers, only to have them pull away and wail once more. Once you finally do remove the splinter it can feel like a miracle!

Well one mom couldn’t deal with the misery that is kids getting splinters anymore. She came up with a great tip for removing splinters from little fingers pain free, and, best of all, tug and pull free, too.

The mom behind the hack? Claire Bullen-Jones, who has been deemed the “Splinter Ninja Extraordinaire.” She shared her tip on Facebook, which soon went viral for how genius it is. All you need is a syringe!

“Kids got a splinter? Grab the Calpol box and take out the syringe that comes with it!” the U.K.-based mom wrote on her Facebook. (Calpol is England ‘s equivalent of Infant Tylenol/ibuprofen to America.)

Next step: “Put the small hole at the bottom of the syringe as best you can over the splinter,” Bullen-Jones writes. “Once you know your above it, make sure the syringe is touching the skin-and pull! Make sure there’s no gaps otherwise you won’t get it! The syringe will more than likely pull it out in the first go! Pain free, no tugging and pulling, and no little ones upset or scared at getting it out!”

No more fiddling around with scary tweezers—you can basically just suction those buggers right out of there! Amazing.

Bullen-Jones added a few tips to ensure her main tip goes well. The first: Do it quick.

“Don’t pull slowly! You need to pull rather quickly! If it’s a stubborn splinter, just do this a couple of times,” she says. “Saves so much time, and well worth seeing the kids smile at the end of it rather than red faces and tears!”

Another cool thing about using a syringe: you can see full and well if you got the splinter out, or how much of it was taken out. “Because the plastic is clear, you can check what’s been taken out of the skin!”

Pretty cool, huh? Have you ever tried to remove a splinter from a kid’s finger? Do you think you’ll try this trick next time?