3 Tips for Getting a Chemical Out of Your Child’s Eyes

By Dr. Keamy
July 15, 2017

\general ophthalmology Westborough, MA | Keamy Eye & Laser CentreIf you are a parent of a little one, you know just how impossible it can sometimes be to keep track of everything they are doing. It can seem like as soon as you turn your head, they are up on the table or swinging from the chandelier. If your little one has recently gotten ahold of a cleaning agent or product and gotten it in their eye, it’s important that you know what to do and how to treat it. From flushing it out to monitoring it closely, this article will give you some step-by-step instructions.

Flush the Eye

The first thing you should do if your child gets a chemical or cleaning agent in their eyes is to flush it out. To do this, have your child tilt their head back and hold their eyes open with clean fingers. Then, taking some clean, lukewarm water, take an eyedropper and drop a few drops in each eye— this will likely burn but repeat it a few times until they start to find some relief. If your child is little and you can’t get them to hold their eyes open, try taking a warm, damp washcloth and laying it over their exposed eyes. The water from the cloth should make their eyes naturally tear and push the chemicals out.

Call Our Office or Poison Control

The next thing you should do is either call our office or poison control— remember that when it comes to the health of your child, nothing is worth waiting for. Our staff or poison control will give you some tips on what to look for and let you know if you need to take your child into the emergency room or not.

What to Look For

One of the best things you can do after your child gets a chemical in their eye is to closely monitor them. When monitoring your child, you are going to want to look for: itching, burning, swelling, blurred vision, redness, bleeding, and discharge. If your child is having trouble seeing or is in extreme pain, take them into the emergency room as soon as possible.

Accidents happen but knowing what to do when you’re in the midst of one, can save your child’s vision. To learn more about what to do if your child gets a chemical in their eye, contact Keamy Eye & Laser Centre today!



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