Friday, July 28, 2006

Day 158 - Clear Eyes

Today's First Time Parenting Tip - Use a clean, damp, wet washcloth to clean your baby's eyes from gunk.

Babies often get crust in the corners of their eyes, and it can get pretty bad if they've got a clogged tear duct like our son does. And sometimes, the gunk is dried on there, so a kleenex or cloth diaper isn't going to get it off. Plus you'll probably irritate the skin around his eye. As if the crust wasn't enough!

A good way to clear out dry and wet crust from your baby's eyes is to take a clean washcloth and run it under warm water. Use cloth from the middle of the washcloth (not the corners) and gently hold it over the crusty area. Let it soak a little, and then wipe away from the eye gently with the washcloth. Use a different section of the cloth for the other eye, so you don't transfer any infections.

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