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How can I protect my child from eye injuries?

Most injuries involving young children are avoidable. The most common reasons that children get eye injuries include misusing toys, falling from stairs, furniture or beds, poking themselves with forks, pencils and other sharp objects, contact with chemicals, and vehicle accidents. To help protect your child from eye injuries there are some steps you can take to childproof your home:
  • Remove hazards and keep dangerous items like household cleaners out of your child’s reach. Keep them in a locked cupboard or on a high shelf. Exert special caution when it comes to things like fertiliser or drain cleaner.
  • Always make sure your child is fastened safely into his car seat
  • Never allow your child to play in the garden if the lawn is being mowed as grass and debris can easily fly into their eyes
  • Never allow your child to play with any sharp toys or toys that shoot objects into the air
  • Never let your child and his friends play with sticks or sharp objects

More questions

Children's eyes are sensitive so it is vital to protect them from the sun's harmful rays.
Your young child can have their eyes tested even if they can't read
Regular eye exams are essential in order to monitor your child's eyesight.
There are some signs to watch out for if you think your child may have a vision problem. 
Should your child get any kind of chemical in her eye you should treat it as an emergency and bring her to the hospital immediately.
You should take your child to their G.P. or to the hospital if you notice any of these symptoms. 
You should seek immediate medical attention if an object seems to be imbedded in your child's eye. 
If your child appears to have something in his eye you should seek immediate medical attention if it is imbedded in the eye. 
As your baby learns to crawl and begins to explore her surroundings you will need to child proof your house to prevent eye injuries.
Babies and young children are always getting up to all sorts of mischief and eye injuries are quite common. It is important to always consult with your G.P. should any eye injuries occur. 



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