Your eyes, with all their complex workings and amazing feats, are still fragile organs. Bearing this in mind, your eyes, especially your child’s, require extra care and delicate handling. In this article, your child’s optometrist from Myopia Institute gives pointers on how to properly remove eyelashes, mucus and other foreign objects from your toddler’s eyes.
Materials and Preparation
It’s better to gather all the materials you’ll need so the cleaning process will be quicker and your child will not be fussy. Prepare two washcloths, cotton balls, baby soap (preferably the liquid variant), and clean, warm water in a basin. If your child is only a few months old, prepare a soft towel to place your newborn on. Ensure a calm, comfortable environment. Choose a spot where there is ample lighting, but don’t put your child directly under the light source so as not to irritate their eyes further. Talk in a soft, cooing manner to soothe your child.
Make sure your hands are thoroughly washed and dried off prior to holding your baby. Once you’ve placed your toddler at a comfortable position (lying down is best), wash your hands again. This is so you don’t contaminate the materials you’ll be using. Soak the washcloth in the basin and wring out all the excess water until the cloth is just damp. Gently wipe your child’s eyes from the nose outwards. If he or she has an eye infection, use different cotton balls for each eye before applying any medication prescribed by your child’s eye doctor.
Put a small amount of soap on the washcloth and wipe your child’s eyes with it. Repeat this step until the eyes are clean. Take care not to get soap in their eyes. Make sure that your child’s eyes are closed as you’re cleaning them. Finally, rinse the eyes with clean, warm water. Pat dry with another piece of dry, clean cloth.
At Myopia Institute, our main focus is on pediatric myopia control. You may contact us at (301) 363-0060. We work with patients in Rockville, MD.