Most eye injuries are minor. Getting soap, sand, or dirt in the eye or under the eyelid are common ways a child's eye can become irritated. Still, some eye injuries can be serious and require immediate medical attention.
Possible signs of a mild eye irritation are:
If a child has signs of a mild eye irritation and you think there's something in the eye, you can flush out the child's eye to try to remove what's in it. Before you start flushing a child's eye, call the parents and ask if it's OK.
Here's what to do once you have the parents' permission:
Possible signs of a severe eye injury are:
If you think the child has a severe eye injury, don't flush or rinse the eye or try touching it. Call 911 immediately and then call the child's parents.
Help prevent eye injuries by keeping chemicals, sharp objects, or other items that could cause serious eye injuries out of the reach of children.
Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: May 2013
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