Host: How should I respond if my child has an eye injury?
Robin Vick: Eye injuries are also very urgent situations. Children can fall and puncher their eyes. They can get something like sand or dirt up under the eye, those eyes are in a category almost all there around and require urgent attention. The corneas can be very very damaged if a child has any kind of debris in the eye and then he or she rubs it, which is the natural feeling. The itching and the irritation, the child wants to rub the eye, irrigating the eye at home is very very important as you prepare to take the child to the physician's office.
You can create a saline irrigation solution by putting an eighth of a teaspoon of salt in a cup of water and then you can actually if you don't have a syringe, you can use a bulb syringe. You can use -- actually you can pour the water over the eyes well if you are in a predicament and you don't have access to any kind of irrigating devices, just pouring this liquid over the eye will also help, but any type of eye irritation should be seen by a doctor. It's also important to that if there is a puncture to the eye, the parent should not be wanting to pull that puncturing situation out. The eye can be further injured by attempts to remove that foreign body, so as much as the parents going to want to pull that out, don't, the emergency room team will take care of doing that.
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