As a parent, it’s important to ensure your baby’s eyes are safe from foreign objects. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for babies to get foreign objects in their eyes, especially since they can’t speak up when something is bothering them.
Signs that a foreign object is in your baby’s eye
It’s challenging to know when something is in your baby’s eye, but some signs to look out for include:
- Rubbing or blinking excessively
- Tearing up or discharge coming from the eye
- Redness or swelling around eye
- Changes in baby’s behavior or mood
How to remove foreign objects from a baby’s eye
If you notice any of the signs above, you should take the following steps to remove the foreign object:
Step 1: Wash your hands
Before touching your baby’s eye, it’s essential to wash your hands thoroughly. Use warm water and soap to get rid of germs that may cause an infection in your baby’s eyes.
Step 2: Examine the eye
Take a closer look at your baby’s eyes to determine if you can see the foreign object. Use a flashlight if necessary to get a better look.
Step 3: Irrigate the eye
If you can see the foreign object, try to flush it out with clean water. Use an irrigating solution, such as saline or water, to gently rinse out the eye.
Step 4: Use a clean cloth or cotton swab
If you can’t remove the object by irrigation, use a clean cloth or cotton swab to remove it carefully. Be gentle not to scratch the baby’s eyes. Avoid using tweezers or any sharp objects.
When to seek medical attention
If you couldn’t remove the foreign object or if you’re not sure if it’s gone, it’s best to seek medical attention. A doctor will examine your baby’s eyes and recommend the best course of action.
Tips to prevent foreign objects from entering a baby’s eye
- Keep small objects that could be swallowed, like beads or buttons, out of reach
- Maintain a clean environment and keep debris out of the baby’s way.
- Teach older children to be aware of their toys’ sizes and be careful when playing around the baby.
- Use safety gates to prevent access to hazardous areas.
Foreign objects in a baby’s eye can be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous if not addressed promptly. The steps above can help remove an object safely. Also, taking preventive measures can help reduce the risk of a foreign object entering your baby’s eye.