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Mum solves age old prickly problem.

YOU may wonder why you've never thought of this before.

A mum has shared a handy parenting tip on Facebook and her advice is now being shared by thousands of other parents.

Removing splinters is a pain for both kids and their parents and often results in lots of tears and upset.

But mum Claire Bullen-Jones has worked out a way to remove splinters from her daughters' fingers without the pain or heartache.

The mum-of-two has been using the trick for years with her own children but didn't think to share it until one of her friends put a post on Facebook about her little one having a splinter.

"Grab the Calpol box and take out the syringe that comes with it," she wrote.

"Make sure it's clean obviously! 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 skinand pull! Make sure there are no gaps otherwise you won't get it."

Claire advises the syringe will "more than likely" pull the splinter out on your first attempt with no pain, no tugging or pulling and "no little ones upset or scared at getting it out".

She also recommends you pull the syringe quickly rather than doing it slowly and to try it a few times if the splinter is proving to be stubborn.

"It saves so much time," Claire says. "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. It's the best parent hack to date! Pass it on mums and dads."

Her post has since been shared more than 68,000 times and received more than 19,000 Facebook reactions.

It seems other mums and dads couldn't believe they had never thought of this.

Emma Wallis wrote: "I'm so glad I came across this because I'm a wuss and hate the kids getting so upset from trying to get them out."

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