A UK mum-of-two has melted the Internet by sharing a simple and easy hack for removing splinters from the hands of curious children.
The best part? It’s pain-free and uses a common first aid product most families already have in their cupboards: the syringe that comes in many children’s pain killer packets.
Claire Bullen-Jones, 28, said she has been using the trick “for years” and says it’s her “best parenting hack to date”.
“Take out the syringe…Make sure its clean obviously,” Claire shared on Facebook.
“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! Pain free, no tugging and pulling, and no little ones upset or scared at getting it out!”
Claire – whose post has been shared more than 70,000 times – adds that it’s best to pull rather quickly and to try the technique a couple of times if the splinter is particularly stubborn.
“It’s 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,” she wrote.
Replying to comments from thankful parents, Claire said it was her husband who first discovered the genius hack.
"I laughed when he first showed me... swear by it now... It's all we use here," she said.
Claire's hack isn't the first that's gone viral this week: mum Helena Lee shared her trick for getting her little one to take medicine with no crying and no spills.
"For the last 24 hours I've struggled to get Alfie to take Calpol, he has ended up covered in half of it where he spits it at me," she wrote.
"Then I remembered seeing this trick...Not one bit got wasted and no tears. Please feel free to share with any baby mummies you know."
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