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Removing Fiberglass From Your Hands: An Experience With My Toddler

Updated on February 27, 2010

 You are never short on adventures with three kids in the house. Therefore to say the very least there truly is never a dull moment. I had an interesting experience today and thought it'd be a good idea to share. I've never dealth with this situation with my older two kids, and I'm used to always referring back to things I did with them when it comes to searching for answers or solutions to particular situations.


The wind was something fierce today. I only mention it because that's where it all begins. Because of the wind, our basketball hoop had blown over. My oldest son goes outside to pick it up and of course my youngest, who's 3yrs. old, (my biggest little helper) decides he wants to help.

Not long after they return, my little one's complaining of his hands hurting. I took a look at both of his hands, for any signs of swelling, even had him squeeze my hands and rotate them around to check for maybe a sprain or what not. He hadn't taken a nap today, so I figured he's gotta be sleepy. This kid is notorious in our house for being a walking time bomb when he's tired. He can go from smiles and giggles to screaming bloody murder in a split second. (lol!)


I took him to wash his hands, figuring whatever it was would be okay once this was done, but that wasn't the case. He kept holding his hands up and wide open telling me "My hands hurt!". I was completely puzzled. At this point, I call my daughter, who's 7. She always seems to be the commentator on all situations and can pretty much give me a rundown on things that happened. All I got from her was that my little one had tried to pull the basketball court up with my older son. I asked if she saw him pinch his hand anywhere, she said he didn't.

At this point, my husband becomes concerned so I explain what's going on. "The basketball court....he must've touched the net or the rim" he says. "He's probably got fiberglass in his hands. My huband's much a do it yourselfter kinda guy and he's no stranger to something like that happening, in fact it's happened to him quite often, but it's never that much of a bother for him.

My oldest son mentions to me how he had fiberglass stuck in his hands when he was as at his Grandpa's house one day and was told to wash his hands in warm water and use a washcloth to rub it off. So I did that exactly, but no such luck. My baby boy seemed relieved at first. I think only because he felt whatever I was doing would be the answer, but it wasn't long before he started complaining again. I couldn't think of what I could possibly do. Examining his hands, the only thing I could make out under the light was somewhat of a shimmer/glittering in parts of his hands, nothing I could even attempt to pull out using tweezers. I kneeled down with him and grabbed his hands in mine and suggested we pray for God to take away the pain, and we did.

I figured there had to be something that I could do, my poor little guy was walking around with his arms bent up at his elbows, hands stetched out understandingly whining about his hands. I'm pretty good about being able to distract him when need be, so I got the idea to grab some ice, put it in a sandwich ziplock bag and wrap it with a paper towel. I presented it to him as a solution (not knowing if it would help at all) hoping that I could provide some kind of positive thinking in his mind as far as having something tangible in his hands, with the hope of them feeling better. It actually worked for a while.

He sat on the couch watching Wonder Pets, showing off to his sister the bag of ice he got to keep for his own. It quieted him down, and he was soon asleep. He did however wake up crying, again complaining of his hands. I went to wash his hands again, and my husband mentions to try using tape. Made perfect sense, I thought- why didn't I think of that? I grabbed a piece of packing tape and pressed it slightly on the inside of his hands and fingers and pulled it off slowly. I repeated doing so a couple of times on each hand. And then, almost instantaneously my son was all smiles and screams, "It doesn't hurt, I'm not crying anymore!!" I celebrated with him and we shared a big hug as he laughed. Our prayer was answered! =)


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      Father of 3 

      17 months ago

      I found this article to be extremely helpful. However, consider a TL;DR (too long; didn’t read) af the start of the post explaining how you helped your child. That way someone dealing with a similar situation doesn’t need to read all the way through to get the helpful advice you are providing. Thank you!

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from California

      Thank you howtomodify, I appreciate you reading and commenting. :)

    • howtomodify profile image


      7 years ago from usa

      Nice Hubs Really very nice I like it

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Glad I was able to be of some help for you Roxanne. Hope your hands are fiberglass free very soon!

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      8 years ago

      Thanks..this is actually very useful as I have fiberglass in my hand right now that is driving me nuts.

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      TheBrandon, ouch...a year! I can't imagine how annoying that must've been. Thank God you were able to finally get it out! Fiberglass is nasty stuff to deal with...thanks for your comment. :)

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      8 years ago from Tennessee

      Fiberglass hurts! I once installed a new ceiling fan in my mom's house. I had to crawl around in the attic to run some wires, and I got some fiberglass stuck in the side of a finger. I picked and picked at it but never could get it out. I picked at it so much that it eventually calloused over. That little bit of fiberglass stayed in there for a little over a year before I finally got it out. I sure wish I had thought to try this!

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from California

      Hi Mikie, wow- pantyhose that's a great idea. I could see how that would work so well. I will definitely keep that in mind! Getting fiberglass out of your skin is no joke, I feel for you having to deal with it so often. Thanks for the tip!

    • mikielikie profile image


      9 years ago from Texas

      Working out at a plant I have to deal with fiberglass pipe and other things made from it. When we get all over us we take a hot shower and use pantyhose to pull it out. just go with the grain...

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading ladyjane1. Yes, I've never experienced fiberglass in my skin before but from my son's reaction it seemed pretty painful. I'm just glad the tape was a success!

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from California

      I sure will De Greek, they're still young but I already feel like time goes by even faster every year. Thanks for reading!

    • ladyjane1 profile image


      9 years ago from Texas

      Yikes Fiberglass can be painful, glad you found a solution. Good Idea.

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      De Greek 

      9 years ago from UK

      Great tip. And enjoy your children now while they are still small, because when they grow up you miss these times no end. All my children are grown up, but I would give anything to have a young one in the house again. I so much miss their need of their dad and mom ... :-)

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from California

      Yes, it's like they have a list of things to get into throughout the day! lol! Thanks for reading and commenting daisyjae. =)

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      9 years ago from Canada

      It is amazing what kids can get into! He sounds like a tough little guy though.Tape, I'll have to remember that.


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