Last night we were having a most enjoyable chat about splinters. My sister in law occasionally has the job of removing them from her kids, which she does with a needle. Her kids don’t like this much.
Now, I am quite lucky in that I haven’t had to do this yet. Considering that, until very recently, I had to wedge my daughter’s head between my legs just to cut her fingernails, I don’t really think I would be very good at removing splinters.
Ah! There is another solution! said another friend staying, who is a doctor and once had to help remove a splinter from a man’s leg under general anaesthetic. It was longer and thicker than a pencil and he’d got it doing some form of Army training exercise. Ugh.
Apparently, this is what we all need – Magnesium Sulphate paste! It is really very cheap so I think I will probably buy some just in case either of my kids get a splinter. After all, there is no chance whatsoever that they will let me near them with a needle.