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Shaina
May 8, 2018 11:51 AM CST
My toddler sat on some sort of plant while in our yard. It would have to be some sort of weed. We live in PA.
It has caused a rash and every little bump has a teeny tiny splinter well under the skin that I cannot get out.
Anyone have an idea what she got into OR how to get them out? I can take a pic when she wakes up from her nap. It's been three days with a drawing salve and they still aren't budging.
Thanks!
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crawgarden
May 8, 2018 12:38 PM CST
Do you have pics of the plant? Maybe stinging nettle, which can cause a rash.
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plantladylin
May 8, 2018 12:41 PM CST
Shaina, Welcome!

Without seeing a photo of the PLANT that your daughter sat on, it's impossible to know what caused the irritation .... and splinters! Crying So sorry for your little one having to endure something like that! There are so many plants that can cause rashes but the splinters are worrisome ... I think you should really consider calling the pediatrician's office and possibly get her in for them to take a look.
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greene
May 8, 2018 12:47 PM CST
Not knowing all the details I can only offer one solution. Get some Elmer's White glue. Spread a generous amount on the area. You must allow enough time for the glue to completely dry. This will not work unless the glue dries thoroughly. Wait. Wait. Okay, when the glue is very dry, peel up one corner of the glue and...sort or rip, like removing a bandage in one quick motion. The little splinters should stick to the glue and should be removed by this method. It may be necessary to repeat the process and the second time pull in the opposite direction. Good luck and hope this helps.
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plantladylin
May 8, 2018 1:00 PM CST
I can't imagine using the Elmer's Glue method on a little toddlers behind. If it's been three days and the splinters have not surfaced naturally, I'd call the doctor's office and ask a nurse for advice before attempting any other home remedy.

I've had splinters in my fingers numerous times over the years (most recently last month) and usually they will eventually surface enough to get hold of with tweezers for removal but they can be quite painful during the week or so before they are easily extracted. I'm 70 years old and can't imagine numerous splinters in the rear ... which must be especially painful for a little one. Crying
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Shaina
May 8, 2018 1:14 PM CST
I have no idea what plant it is. I've searched the yard but our yard is also boarded but woods/ brush.
I have talked to her doctor and was advised to use packing tape repededly over the area. It didn't work. They say this is what to do for the catapillar hairs as well. Just FYI. He said they will work out with skin shedding, but I'm not so sure. I've actually tried the Elmer's glue too, but can't get it thick enough and dried enough with her moving around.
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crawgarden
May 8, 2018 1:23 PM CST
FWIW: https://www.health.govt.nz/you...

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Pittsburgh PA
Shaina
May 8, 2018 1:25 PM CST
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crawgarden
May 8, 2018 1:32 PM CST
Looks like a rash from stinging nettles

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Shaina
May 8, 2018 1:47 PM CST
crawgarden said:Looks like a rash from stinging nettles



Do nettles leave splinters?
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greene
May 8, 2018 7:31 PM CST
Okay, if Elmer's glue didn't work, can you smear some black salve...I know it as Ichthammol ointment...and put a loose gauze bandage over the area? I find that the black salve works best if the bandage is wet when applied as it softens the skin.

These recommendations are from years of experience. My husband had a job that resulted in numerous splinters/slivers and he learned all kinds of ways to get them out of his skin.

For Elmer's glue...that was me backing into a huge cactus plant. It took about 4 months for all the cactus spines to finally go away. Very embarrassing...my butt is too large for its own good sometimes.
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crawgarden
May 8, 2018 7:42 PM CST
Shaina said:

Do nettles leave splinters?


Yes: Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) looks innocent, but the fine, bristly hairs on the leaves contain a chemical that causes a painful burning sensation when the needlelike tips come in contact with the skin. Although the burning and stinging is temporary, the discomfort often lasts long after the redness has disappeared, sometimes up to 24 hours. The plant, which grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 2 through 9, creates problems for outdoor enthusiasts year-round. Native to the United States, stinging nettle is known by a number of names, including California nettle, creek nettle, hoary nettle, hedge nettle and mountain nettle.
1
Touch the affected area lightly with sticky tape such as duct tape or packing tape. Pull the tape away from the skin to remove the needles.
2
Cover the area with white craft glue or wax hair remover if sticky tape doesn't remove the needles. Let the glue or hair remover dry completely and then peel the glue, along with the needles, away from the skin.
3
Wash the area gently with soap and warm water. Dry the skin and apply an antibiotic cream or ointment to prevent infection.
4
Apply a baking soda paste consisting of 3 parts baking soda mixed with 1 part water if stinging and itching continue, as baking soda neutralizes the acid released by the needles. Add more baking soda to make a thicker paste if necessary, as a thin paste won't adhere to the skin. Allow the paste to remain on the skin for 30 minutes.
Things You Will Need
Sticky tape
White craft glue or wax hair remover
Hand soap
Antibiotic cream or ointment
Baking soda
Warning
Do not attempt to remove stinging nettle needles with tweezers. Often, the fragile needles break and become even more difficult to remove.

References (6)
University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources: Burning and Stinging Nettles
PortlandHikers.org: Stinging Nettles
Kansas State University Extenson: Stinging Nettle
Seattle Children's Hospital: Splinter or Sliver: Foreign Body in the Skin
Real Simple: Ten New Uses for Baking Soda
Health Guidance: How to Treat Stinging Nettles on Kids
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Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
May 8, 2018 7:50 PM CST
Looks like she sat on some sort of thistle.
Some types of thistles have soft spikes that do not come out easily.
It also looks like an allergic reaction; been there, done that. Sad

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