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How should I treat my child's bruised or swollen eye?

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First, check for other injuries. If you think your child may have broken bones, damage to their eye, or a head injury, take them to the emergency room. If your child has a black eye because something hit their eye, a call to your pediatrician should do the trick.  Once you've figured out the situation, put an ice pack on the area for 20 minutes each hour to ease swelling. Repeat for 4 hours. Don't press on the eye. After 2 days, switch to a warm cloth on the area for 10 minutes, three times each day.  You can give children's acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) for pain. However, don't give aspirin to a child under 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 3, 2018

SOURCES:

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

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

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on February 3, 2018

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