Parents often warn their children not to play with certain objects or run too fast or else “you’ll poke your eye out!” It is something everyone has grown up hearing, but as we make sure our own kids learn how to play responsibly, parents might find themselves repeating this phrase more and more often. To help every parent keep their kids injury-free, and in honor of Home Eye Safety Month, The Colony ER Hospital wants to talk about some of the best ways to prevent kids’ eye injuries.
One the easiest ways for children to get hurt around the house is when they’re playing. From running around in the yard to building Lego cities, kids can often fall or drop things which might get result in an injury. When it comes to eye injuries, in specific, parents should watch out for how their children play and what they play with that might injure their eyes.
When parents pay attention to they toys their children play with, they are better equipped to teach their kids how to play safely. With the whole family aware of playtime rules, your child’s risk for eye injuries will go down.
Playtime, though, is not the only time your child might get hurt or harm their eye. Sometimes it happens on accident during chores or household crafts. Some injuries can happen as quickly as it takes for a child to trip! Knowing what might be a risk will help parents to store household objects properly as well as teach their children how to safely help out around the house.
With some careful storage and house rules, any family can follow these safety tips. Explain to your children why you don’t want them to use certain objects or why you need them to do things a certain way around the house. When children know you are looking out for their health and understand the rules, it will be easier to follow.
With playtime and household hazards taken care of, there is one more activity which might pose a risk for your child’s eye health: sports!
Many children have after-school sports or activities that they take part in, from football and soccer to karate and gymnastic, and in most cases, these activities can increase the likelihood of someone getting hurt. When your kids play sports, the first step to eye safety is to familiarize yourself with the activities they will be doing. Talk to the team coach to get an idea for what equipment your child will need and double-check the regulations of any particular league your child is in to make sure you’re getting the right supplies. Look for some of the following:
When your child is safe at all of their games, matches, and competitions, their eyes will stay healthy and their love for their respective sport will shine even brighter.
Eye safety is an important part of your child’s health. When children suffer eye injuries or infections, it can have lasting effects on their health and contribute to eye conditions like blindness. So make an extra effort this month and make sure your family knows where the household risks are, and how to make sure everyone stays safe.
In the event of any accidents or medical emergencies, The Colony ER Hospital is open 24/7 with concierge-level medical care. Our board-certified doctors treat adults and children alike, even on weekends and holidays.
This blog is written by Maggie Berardo, content writer at Nutex Health.
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