The big problems with splinter removal are
- squirmy kids!
- lack of proper forceps or "tweezers" which have to be of good quality and must be ground flat on the gripping faces to grab a tiny splinter
The best place to find good splinter forceps is at a good hardware store. Machinists and woodworkers get splinters all the time. I have some in my shop that even have a magnifying glass attached.
Basic directions are:
- wash the splinter area thoroughly and swab with alcohol if available
- sterilize a needle or pin with a flame - preferably out of sight of the child, who will otherwise think it will burn him
- gently unroof the splinter enough to get a grip with the forceps
- pull it out with the forceps
- apply some antibacterial ointment (Neosporin®, Bacitracin®) and apply a bandage if appropriate
- check the site for infection for a couple of days