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Being a child is wonderful but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some issues that go along with it. One of those problems are splinters, which can cause problems for the child as well as for the mother.

How many of us can remember crying and perhaps even screaming as our mother tried to pry a splinter out of our finger with tweezers or perhaps even a needle? If you remember those days, you will be happy to know there is a better way to do it.

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A mother decided that she had enough of the pain she was bringing on her children and she decided to do something about it.

She came up with a unique way to remove splinters and her how-to on Facebook is going viral online.

Photo: flickr/Jason Eppink

In fact, people are even referring to the mother behind the idea, Claire Bullen-Jones, as the “Splinter Ninja Extraordinaire.”

Her tip involves using the syringe from a Calpol box, which is similar to infant Tylenol or ibuprofen.

Photo: Facebook/Claire Bullen

She then explains how to do it: “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!”

That’s right, you can put away the tweezers and the needle and just use the suction to pull the splinter out.

Photo: Facebook/Claire Bullen

She also added some other tips, such as the need to pull it quickly and not slowly, and says that it may be necessary to repeat this a number of times and if it is particularly stubborn. You can read her full post on Facebook here.

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