You’ll actually kinda want your kid to get a splinter now, just to try this out
The only thing more frustrating than getting a splinter is the process of removing said splinter — especially if you’re a parent. It’s almost impossible to say who the entire process is more painful for, our kids or ourselves. Well now thanks to one mom’s genius hack for removing splinters, those annoying little slivers of wood are no match for our newfound prowess.
Claire Bullen-Jones, a U.K.-based mom and newly-anointed Splinter Ninja Extraordinaire, recently shared a trick she uses to painlessly remove the little suckers, and we’ve got to admit — it’s genius.
“Kids got a splinter? Grab the Calpol box and take out the syringe that comes with it!” Bullen-Jones shared on Facebook in a now massively viral post. (If you’re wondering, Calpol is to England what Infant Tylenol/ibuprofen is to America. So those of you who throw away those syringes that come with the medicine, you may want to hang onto at least one.)
“Put the small hole at the bottom of the syringe as best you can over the splinter. 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!”
So instead of using tweezers that can dig at the skin and are just an all-around enormous pain in the ass to use with shaky hands and squinty eyesight — all while your child is squirming and whining simultaneously — you can now just suction those little buggers right out!
“Pain free, no tugging and pulling, and no little ones upset or scared at getting it out! Don’t pull slowly! You need to pull rather quickly! If it’s a stubborn splinter, just do this a couple of times! Saves so much time, and well worth seeing the kids smile at the end of it rather than red faces and tears! Because the plastic is clear, you can check what’s been taken out of the skin!”
Best. Parenting. Hack. Ever.