No tears bindi removal is all about trying to remove a splinter or bindi without all the tears and trauma. Although having a splinter or a small sliver of wood, metal or glass stuck in your finger normally doesn’t warrant a trip to the hospital, it can definitely bring tears and fear into your little one’s world. So below are some natural tips to removing a bindi with fewer tears and less trauma.
As a kid, removing a splinter meant having Mum or Dad use tweezers or a needle to try and dislodge the piece of wood from my finger. The process was awful! Luckily there are other methods out there that will hopefully be less traumatic for your kids. So instead of getting out the surgical equipment, try one of these:
Make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply it to the top of the splinter area and cover it with a Band-Aid. Leave the Band-Aid on overnight and remove it, and the splinter in the morning. The splinter should easily fall out on its own.
This is another easy remedy for removing a splinter. Often the splinter will come out on its own within a few minutes with the need to poke or pinch.
Here’s an odd home remedy that will help the splinter slide right out. Place a very small amount of bacon fat (the fatty bit on a slice of bacon) on the splinter and cover it with a Band-Aid overnight. The bacon fat will help the splinter surface to the top so you can easily remove it in the morning.
An Egg Shell
Crack an egg and empty the contents. Use the egg shell to take the splinter out by placing the wet side of the shell over the splinter for a few minutes. The moisture should help the splinter surface so that you can pick it out with your finger or with tweezers.
If the splinter is far enough to the surface, then you can try to coax it out with duct tape. Simply place a strip of duct tape over the splinter and leave it on for a half an hour. Once you remove the duct tape, the splinter may come with it.
If you have tried the above natural ways to remove the splinter and it still doesn’t seem to be surfacing then you may have to resort to the tweezers to try and squeeze the splinter out. If this is the case, it can help to place ice to the finger first to numb the nerves and prevent pain. Make sure you offer a special treat to your little one after the splinter has been removed for extra motivation. Furthermore, explain what you are doing while you are removing the splinter so that the child knows what to expect.
Preventing splinters can be tricky as you cannot expect your child to wear gloves all the time. However, if they are playing out in the dirt, helping you with gardening or climbing trees, then you can suggest that they wear a pair of gardening gloves. Not only will the gloves prevent splinters but they can also aid in preventing blisters and other injuries to the hands.
If there are any signs of infection present, including pain, fever, redness, swelling and discharge or exudate from the wound please seek immediate medical attention we have some hotlines and suggested websites for further information and advice https://www.stayathomemum.com.au/my-kids/babies/important-hotlines-websites/
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