how to get out spelks/splinters?

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Found 8th Mar 2009
my son just got back from camp with scouts and apart from loads of soggy clothes he has also brought back 3 spelks in his hands,he wont let me anywere near with tweezers,
any other ideas how to get them out
thanx in advance

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only ever got them out with tweezers before

try it when he is asleep..they need to come out or will embed further in his hand.

Tell him if they dont come out he could end up with a serious infection in his hand, which wouldnt be very nice as then the hospital or doctor might have to dig them out!

Germoline on a band-aid will draw them out

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mamamia7;4586676

try it when he is asleep..they need to come out or will embed further in … try it when he is asleep..they need to come out or will embed further in his hand.



thanx he a light sleeper , will try though :thumbsup:

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oxter;4586695

Germoline on a band-aid will draw them out



thanx will try this 1st as dont really want to wake him up tonight as he had no sleep all weekend and he at school tomorrow

Chickweed cream (also known as Drawing ointment by chemist shops) is good for splinters as well as stings; burns and scalds after the usual cold water first aid treatment, and is wonderful on eczema particularly where there's itching.

Apply the cream leave on overnight it pulls out splinters

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Don't see the problem with splinters if the body doesn't want them in there it will force them out eventually, as long as he's had his tetanus jab he's good to go. Risk of infection is very low, had all sorts of cuts, splinters as I'm sure you all have never had a thing go wrong. I just let the ******s stay in there. Only time you should worry is if it's an open flesh wound and lots of bacteria have got in, otherwise the body is quite capable of taking on a small splinter :roll:

I have never tried it myself as since I heard of this remedy I haven't had a splinter to try it on but apparently if you press some sticky tape over the area where the splinter is and pull it off gently, the splinter comes out if it is sticking up enough.

Numb it with ice cubes, then pick them out.

If he doesn't let you near them, then let them stay there.

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LaoTzu;4586888

I have never tried it myself as since I heard of this remedy I haven't … I have never tried it myself as since I heard of this remedy I haven't had a splinter to try it on but apparently if you press some sticky tape over the area where the splinter is and pull it off gently, the splinter comes out if it is sticking up enough.



thanx but the end not sticking out

my little fella had some last year and i couldn't physically get near them-i tried everything-including vertually sitting on him-but even though he was happy for me to o it-as soon as i touched them they were so sore he pulled his hand away. We ended up going to the doctors for something else and asking him while we were there, an even he couldn't get then out easily-but he did in the end with a needle !

If you have a good chemist nearby go and ask them tomorrow-most 'old' type chemists make up their own potions (for want of a better word!) which beat anything Mr Boots gives you hands down.

Good luck !

lumoruk;4586775

Don't see the problem with splinters if the body doesn't want them in … Don't see the problem with splinters if the body doesn't want them in there it will force them out eventually, as long as he's had his tetanus jab he's good to go. Risk of infection is very low, had all sorts of cuts, splinters as I'm sure you all have never had a thing go wrong. I just let the ******s stay in there. Only time you should worry is if it's an open flesh wound and lots of bacteria have got in, otherwise the body is quite capable of taking on a small splinter :roll:


Same here... If he's not in enough pain to allow you to get them out, just leave them. They'll come out of their own accord, your body rejects alien objects...

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lucerysmum;4587123

my little fella had some last year and i couldn't physically get near … my little fella had some last year and i couldn't physically get near them-i tried everything-including vertually sitting on him-but even though he was happy for me to o it-as soon as i touched them they were so sore he pulled his hand away. We ended up going to the doctors for something else and asking him while we were there, an even he couldn't get then out easily-but he did in the end with a needle !If you have a good chemist nearby go and ask them tomorrow-most 'old' type chemists make up their own potions (for want of a better word!) which beat anything Mr Boots gives you hands down.Good luck !



thanx for the advice yeah he wont let me anywere near him, think ill go to chemist and get one of the creams that all you kind people have mentioned, then if that dont work i'l just have to leave it - unless it gets sore

thanx everyone :thumbsup:

lumoruk;4586775

Don't see the problem with splinters if the body doesn't want them in … Don't see the problem with splinters if the body doesn't want them in there it will force them out eventually, as long as he's had his tetanus jab he's good to go.

Tetanus isn't the only infection he can suffer if the splinters aren't removed. Presumably you have no idea what these came from.

At the very least I'd contact NHS Direct and ask the question. You won't half kick yourself if an infection sets in that requires more radical treatment than a needle and some novacaine.

magnesium sulphate from the chemist with a plaster over it...it draws out any badness...

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Afterburner;4587266

Tetanus isn't the only infection he can suffer if the splinters aren't … Tetanus isn't the only infection he can suffer if the splinters aren't removed. Presumably you have no idea what these came from.At the very least I'd contact NHS Direct and ask the question. You won't half kick yourself if an infection sets in that requires more radical treatment than a needle and some novacaine.



thanx thats great advice, no i wasnt with him he was at camp , so they could have come from anywhere!

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Afterburner;4587266

Tetanus isn't the only infection he can suffer if the splinters aren't … Tetanus isn't the only infection he can suffer if the splinters aren't removed. Presumably you have no idea what these came from.



Perhaps the kids were flinging dog **** at each other using a plank of wood....
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