Bringing children to parks and playgrounds is a good form of exercise to let them stretch their muscles and at the same time have fun running and playing. Playing outdoors holds many surprises for our young explorers. Unfortunately, there are times that due to strong winds and dust, a foreign matter gets into our little one’s eyes. When this happens do not panic, instead tend to your kid at once so he will not rub his eyes which may cause a serious eye injury.
When going outdoors with your kids, make sure to bring with you their extra clothes, clean towel, water to drink, food and most especially an alcohol or a hand sanitizer.
What to do if a foreign matter gets into your kids eye?
- Wash your hands thoroughly or put on alcohol on your hands before attempting to examine your child’s eye. Tell your kid not to rub his eyes, it is much better if he cries so the irritant will be washed away by tears.
- Do not touch or blow into the eye to dislodge the irritant, doing so will risk scratching the surface of the eye, particularly the cornea.
- Tilt your kid’s head with the affected eye down and gently pull the eyelids apart to open up their eyes as wide as possible.
- Gently run a steady stream of water from a drinking bottle or a pitcher to flush the irritant off.
- If flushing fails to dislodge the irritant, bring your kid to the emergency facility nearest you.
- If any prolonged post irritation occurs, have your child be examined by a doctor for corneal scratching is at risk of infection.