One of the hardest parts of being a new parent is the unknown. Not only do you have to learn things like how to function on two hours of sleep each day, but you also have to learn how to take care of things such as their basic health needs like what to do if they get something caught in their eye?
When your baby has dust, dirt, or an eyelash in their eye, it can make their eye become inflamed, burn, or otherwise irritated which can leave them feeling irritable. So, how can you help them find relief?
Try a Damp Cloth
An easy way to try to loosen something from your child’s eye is to take a warm, clean, damp washcloth and lay it over their eye. The combination of the moisture and the heat will help to encourage their eyes natural production of tears which will help to work it from the eye.
Use an Eyedropper
As a parent of a baby, it can seem like some baby supplies and things you have is endless. Luckily, with most infant tylenols, it comes with a small medicine dropper or syringe which you can also use to flush your baby’s eye. All you have to do is take a small amount of clean water and gently squirt a little bit into the center of their eye where their tear duct is. Similar to how damp cloth works, an eyedropper will flush your eyes while also encouraging your natural production of tears.
Give It Time
If it’s an eyelash or something small like that, the good news is that it should work its way out of your baby’s eye with just a little bit of time. If symptoms persist or worsen, don’t hesitate to give Dr. Steve Thom a call.
If you’re worried about your child’s eyes, schedule an appointment at our Fargo office today!