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How do I treat a minor cut or scratch around my child's eye?

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If your kid has a scratch or cut near his eye:

  • Stop the bleeding by holding gauze on the wound for 10 minutes.
  • Cover the eye with a cloth for protection
  • Wash the area with clean water for a few minutes.
  • Protect the wound with an antibiotic ointment-- but ask your doctor first if the wound is too close to the eye or eyelid.
  • Bandage the wound and change bandages daily
  • You can give children's formula acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for pain, if needed. If your child is younger than 16, don't give aspirin.

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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