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How can parents treat a minor cut or scratch around the eye?

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1. Stop the Bleeding

2. Clean the Injury

3. Protect the Wound

4. Provide Pain Relief

  • Hold gauze on the wound for 10 minutes.
  • Cover the eye with a cloth for protection, and wash the area with clean water for a few minutes.
  • Ask your pediatrician whether you should use antibiotic ointment if the wound is close to the eye.
  • Put a bandage on the wound.
  • Change the bandage every day.
  • Give child-formula acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain, if needed.
  • Do not give aspirin to a child younger than 16.

From: Eye Injuries (Children) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Nemours Foundation: "Eye Injuries" and "Eye Injuries Instruction Sheet."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Eye -- Injury."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on February 03, 2018

SOURCES:

The Nemours Foundation: "Eye Injuries" and "Eye Injuries Instruction Sheet."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Eye -- Injury."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on February 03, 2018

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