Most of the time when a kid suffers an eye injury while playing a sport or engaging in a recreational activity, the injury is minor. However, sometimes eye injuries can be serious, requiring immediate medical attention. Take the following child care tips to minimize the risk of eye injuries for your children.
Equip kids with protective eyewear
Children should be wearing protective eyewear any time they’re playing sports where there is a high risk of eye injury, such as hockey, racquetball, and paintball. Seek out eyewear with polycarbonate lenses. Have kids try on their eyewear ahead of time to make sure that it fits properly.
Select safe, age appropriate toys
Look for toys that are intended for the age of your kids, steering clear of items with dangerous components. A projectile toy that shoots darts may be a lot of fun, but an errant flying dart can damage the eyes in a matter of seconds. Check for an ASTM label on a toy, which indicates that it meets the American Society for Testing and Materials standards. Be aware of playground equipment that may also pose a threat, particularly equipment that is poorly designed or inadequately maintained.
Kid proof your home
Make sure that there are no sharp corners on the edges of the furniture and other home fixtures. Install carpeting or another non-slip material on the interior stairs and handrails on both interior and exterior stairs. Provide adequate lighting for stairwells with low switches or pulls so that kids can navigate the stairs at all times of the day and night with ease.
Finally, model proper behavior for common household items and offer reminders as needed, such as carrying scissors with the points down and avoiding putting sharpened pencils near the eyes.
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and Child Care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.