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Alyssamd24 posted 7/13/2014 15:18 PM

DD has a sliver in the bottom of her foot and has been limping all day. My BH, father and I have all tried getting it out but have not been able to....DD cries and scream when we try (obviously).

I have also tried baking soda mixed with water which worked before but didnt this time. And we tried glue once which didnt work at all.

Any other ideas?

simplydevastated posted 7/13/2014 15:31 PM

I see you're in MA, if you're close I can swing by and help

My way may not be any better. I use very sharp, pointy crafting tweezers. I carefully pull away the broken skin from where the sliver went in to expose it a bit more and I can than usually pull it out. Or I try to work it out with my thumbnails.

A trick I use with my daughter is to give her a favorite stuffed animal to hold. Sometimes it helps, sometimes, not so much.

Good luck.

mom of 2 posted 7/13/2014 20:23 PM

Any luck yet? Usually slivers will work themselves out on their own if your DD cannot tolerate intervention. But if it's hurting her...

Use a needle to poke a hole through her skin, close to the sliver area. Poking the hole should NOT hurt because you're only poking the outer layer of skin and going across horizontally, not vertically (east to west vs north to south).

Then use the needle as a rolling pin to "roll/push" the sliver towards the opening you just poked. Once it's close to the opening, the tweezers should be able to extract it.

Alyssamd24 posted 7/13/2014 20:30 PM

We got it out, thank goodness!!! I put some anbesol on her foot to numb it (though I dont know if it helped) and somehow I managed to do it! !!!

No more walking around barefoot for my little girl!!

mom of 2 posted 7/13/2014 20:35 PM

Yay!! Good job Mom!

Alyssamd24 posted 7/13/2014 20:50 PM

Thanks!!! I don't know who was more relieved when it came out...her or me!!!!

Kajem posted 7/14/2014 10:41 AM

If it happens again duct tape! I'm serious. Use it if there is a bit outside of skin for the adhesive to grab. Rub real well over the sliver. Pull in the direction to remove the sliver.

We used this all the time camping, one of the kids we as always needing something removed slivers, cactus splines, etc. they also sat still because no one was coming at them with any thing sharp!

k94ever posted 7/14/2014 11:45 AM

I'll second the duct tape.

Works every time!


TrulyReconciled posted 7/14/2014 14:19 PM

Also soaking in epsom salts.

solus sto posted 7/14/2014 14:57 PM

Yup, a soak, then duct tape. Which is also awesome for plantar warts.

Alyssamd24 posted 7/14/2014 18:18 PM

Im interested to try the duct tape....I have never heard that one before.

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