Parents can't help but be overly protective of their babies, and it's totally called for! But sometimes, no matter how careful we are, accidents are inevitable. Among the accidents that can happen is when your baby gets poked in the eyes.
This is precisely what happened recently to 11-month-old baby Sarina, Jhong Hilario's daughter with his partner Maia Leviste Azores. In his Instagram stories, Jhong shared Maia's post showing Sarina's check up in an eye clinic.
"Had to bring @sarinahilario to Dra. Michelle ASAP [because] I accidentally poked her eye," Maia explained. "All good! Thank you, Lord, her eyes are ok. No scratch. They even checked the sides and back of her eye. Everything ok!"
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In another post, Maia shared a video of Sarina's eyes where a red dot was visible near her eyes' iris. Accidents like this happen, but it pays to be prepared and know the first aid when one occurs.
What to do when you accidentally poked your baby's eyes?
It's good that both Jhong and Maia immediately sought medical guidance from a doctor. In situations like this, parents need to remember first to avoid panicking. (Click here to know the signs when your child is in need of emergency medical care)
According to KidsHealth, it's best to consult a doctor and get medical care if the following symptoms are observed:
red or irritated eye
swollen, red, or painful area around the eye or eyelid
eye that's very sensitive to light
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Emergency care should be done immediately if the child experienced the following:
been exposed to chemicals
something embedded in the eye
severe eye pain
blood in the eye
nausea or vomiting after an eye injury
In an article by BabyCenter, it strictly advised against getting the injured eye touched until a doctor has checked the affected area. Giving your child eye patch is also not advisable unless it is the doctor's recommendation.
"Depriving one eye of vision for a long period of time can damage the developing visual center in your child's brain," BabyCenter explained.
Click here for first aid techniques every parents should know.