Mum, Claire Bullen-Jones, has shared a tip on Facebook to remove splinters painlessly.

Her Facebook post has since been shared more than 1000,000 times with 31,000 likes.

Claire explains, “Grab a syringe that comes with the Nurofen kids bottle, make sure it’s clean obviously!

You need to make sure there’s a little bit of a gap between the top of the syringe and the plunger before you start. Put the small hole at the bottom of the syringe as best you can over the splinter. Once you know you’re 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! Don’t pull slowly! You need to pull rather quickly! If it’s a stubborn splinter, just do this a couple of times!

Saves so much time, and 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! Best parent hack to date! Pass it on mums and dads!”

Clever idea!

Share your tips below.

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  • Nice tip, but I think it really depends on how deep and in what angle the splinter sits in the finger.


  • It probably wouldn’t work on all splinters but it’s a very ingenious idea. Wish I’d known about this years ago.


  • Mmmm not sure all splinters would come out so easily but good for those that do.


  • Sounds easy in theory, I’m thinking there may be difficulty keeping some kids still enough so the syringe seals on the skin to create the right suction. I’m looking forward to trying it


  • What a top tip thanks for sharing


  • Thank you for sharing your tip.


  • Thanks so much for sharing. What a great idea, and hopefully an easy way to remove a splinter. I will try it next time I need to.


  • I tried this and it didn’t work. Maybe the splinter was to small and too deep.


  • Well I will definitely give it a try, nothing to lose here.


  • will definitely give it a try, nothing to lose


  • Good tip, but only for splinters that are on the surface….


  • Great idea. I will be making of these to try.


  • I’ll have to keep a syringe on hand from now on. What a great idea!


  • This is a nifty little idea. I wonder if the suck is strong enough though?


  • This would be amazing if it actually works. I’m a bit sceptical as some splinters are well in there


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