As a parent, you are well-aware of the many bumps and scrapes you little one is prone to receiving. The more active and independent kids become, the higher the chances they might end up with an injury of some sort. Your child’s eyes require special attention in the event of an injury, though, eye lid and the surrounding ocular tissue are especially sensitive and could easily be further damaged if proper care is not given.
WebMD highlights a few ways of how to take care of minor eye injuries at home, which include:
- Gently clean the skin around the eye with soap and water, being careful not to get it into their eye.
- Place a bandage over the site if possible.
- Apply ice or a cold pack for no more than 15 minutes up to four times a day. Always have a cloth layer separating the ice and the skin.
- Keep the head elevated as much as possible to help decrease swelling.
- Use a child safe nonprescription analgesic for pain only as directed.
- Deep cuts should be addressed by a medical provider.
Kids Health and eyeSmart also offer some excellent advice on what to do if a foreign object gets in your child’s eye . While it is a natural inclination to use your finger to remove an object, this should never be done. First, wash your hands and then flush the eye with a sterile eye solution or lukewarm water for up to 15 minutes, and then check the eye every 5 minutes afterwards to see if the object has come out. Foreign objects in the eye can cause additional damage, such as corneal abrasion and secondary infection. If the eye remains red or worsens, or if the object doesn’t come out of your child’s eye, it is imperative to see a physician immediately.
If an object has pierced the tissue of the eye itself, never try to remove or treat it yourself. Try to stay as calm as possible and either call 911 or take your child to the emergency room. The American Red Cross advises using a paper cup and roller gauze to create a shield around the object, and then to tape it down with an adhesive-type bandage until medical personnel can take over.
Of course, most eye injuries can be prevented by wearing the proper gear. Real Kids Shades has a great selection of eye gear to help keep your little one’s eyes safe and injury-free while at play! Visit our website and check them out today!