How to Get a Splinter Out of a Child’s Foot

Children are never aware of the minor hazards they can encounter whenever they are playing. One of the most common types is the splinter wound. When your child gets a splinter, you should remove it as soon as possible to prevent any form of infection.

Below are ways you can use to get a splinter out of a child’s foot.

1. Use a Pair of Tweezers

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A pair of tweezers is the easiest solution of how to get a splinter out of your child’s foot. Before you start using this method, ensure you properly sterilize the tweezers using alcohol.  You can also use a disposable needle purchased from a pharmacy. If the splinter is lodged at the tip and is visible, you can pull it gently using a sanitized tweezer.  

In case the tip is not visible, insert a needle next to the splinter to free it. After that, use the tweezer to pull the splinter. Be gentle and cautious not to increase the injury in case the splinter has serrated edges. 

2. Use of Tape 

You can resort to using tape when the splinter is superficial. Use packing or duct tape to cover the area containing the splinter. After that, let the splinter stick to the tape and gently pull the tape.

The process should be painless because you will not be pressing on the affected area. Do not worry about causing further injury to the child, like when using a sharp object. It is also possible to use glue instead of tape. When you are through, you can peel the dried glue away.

3. Baking Soda

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According to research, soaking an area affected by a splinter in a mixture of water and baking soda is very effective for splinter removal.

When using this method, add a tablespoon of baking soda to a ¼ basin of water. Soak the part affected twice a day. Repeat the process until the splinter comes up by itself. However, this method may be ineffective if the child keeps stepping on the affected area. You can resort to this solution when the rest show no sign of success.

4. Drawing Salve Method

The use of drawing salve (also black ointment) is an effective way of removing a splinter from the foot. This ointment consists of oil made from ichthammol. You can buy it over the counter. Ensure you apply the salve to the area affected and cover it using a bandage.

After one day, remove the bandage. You will be able to see the splinter. The method works best for splinters buried deep inside the skin. If it does not come out when you pull the bandage, at least it will be close enough for you to remove it.

5. Suction 

Get a small bottle and fill it with warm water to the brim. Then press it on the area with the splinter until there is suction. The suction will pull the skin as the steam helps soften it and expand the wood, drawing the splinter out.

When you soak the area and use anything that has suction, it will help remove splinters. Another perfect tool that fits the purpose is a medicine syringe.

6. Use a Banana Peel 

Banana peels can be of great help when it comes to splinter woes. Take a ripe banana peel and place it on the area with the splinter. Ensure the inside part of the peel faces the skin. The enzymes in the peel will help soften the skin and move the splinter closer to the surface.

Let the banana peel settle for five minutes. However, you will have a better chance of splinter surfacing when you apply it for longer. The splinter will come out on its own immediately after you remove the peel. In case the peel does not work after a day, replace it.

You can use a potato slice if you cannot get a ripe banana. Place it on the affected area and hold it in place using a bandage. Leave it overnight and remove it the following day. The splinter will be visible, and you can remove it. 

Essential Care Tips After Splinter Removal

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After successfully removing the splinter, it is advisable to ensure full recovery of the affected area. Follow these simple tips to enhance the healing of the splinter wound.

  • Wash the affected area with water and soap
  • Pat dry the affected area and apply some antibiotic ointment like fusidic acid, mupirocin, or neomycin and adequately cover it using a bandage. 
  • Rub ice on the affected area if there is pain
  • Use cotton wool and apply a bandage on the affected area to stop bleeding. 
  • Ensure the child does not go back playing in the bushes. 
  • Ensure surfaces like doors, porch railing, wooden tables, and windows are smooth. 
  • Ensure they do not walk barefoot, especially when getting out of the house


Regardless of the size of the splinter, it is essential to remove it. Try not to break or shatter it in the skin or flesh of the baby. You might consider taking the child to a doctor if you are unsure of successfully removing it.

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