Bread Poultice

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by RonaNZ

A bread poultice is a nice easy way to get thorns or glass out of a child's foot. Much better than fighting a screaming child with a needle. I never let anyone near me with a needle when I was a kid! Works best when you use Daddy's handkerchief, lots of love and words like "poor soldier, been in the wars, have you?"

Top Review by Akikobay

RonaNZ to the rescue! My daughter waited two days for me to come home from a business trip to take care of a splinter. She didn't trust dad's eyesight or his comforting skills, so she wasn't risking it. Remembering this recipe, we tried it together and it worked, despite the fact that the area around the splinter was a bit irritated. I'm still trying to figure out how it worked, but it did. Now, she and dad can take care of this in my absence. :)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 slice white bread
  • hot water
  • 1 piece muslin (or handkerchief)


  1. First clean the wound.
  2. Fold the handkerchief along the diagonal.
  3. Place the bread on the handkerchief.
  4. Pour boiling water over the bread to thoroughly wet the bread but not dripping wet.
  5. As soon as the bread has cooled enough to be put against the skin, place over the thorn or glass. If you get the child to do this themselves then they won't get scalded.
  6. Tie the ends of the handkerchief around the foot to keep it in place and elevate the foot. Again, let the child decide when they can tolerate it. Encourage them try to do it as soon as they can put up with the heat. The hotter, the better.
  7. When the bread is cold, wring out the water and repeat with more boiling water until the offending object it ejected from the skin.

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