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Easier Eye Irrigation in Children

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Irrigating a child’s eye to wash out a toxic substance can be difficult. An effective way for a parent to do this is to put the child in the bathtub, turn on the water, and let the water run onto his or her own arm, starting at the elbow and running down to the hand. If the parent then holds his fingers over the child’s eye while gently opening the lid, the water will run down his arm, off the tip of his index finger, and into the child’s slightly opened eye.

Irrigating a child’s eye to wash out a toxic substance can be difficult. An effective way for a parent to do this is to put the child in the bathtub, turn on the water, and let the water run onto his or her own arm, starting at the elbow and running down to the hand. If the parent then holds his fingers over the child’s eye while gently opening the lid, the water will run down his arm, off the tip of his index finger, and into the child’s slightly opened eye.
-- Richard A. Honaker, MD
         Carrollton, Tex

 

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