Prof. Hugo Van Bever is the Head of National University Hospital’s Pediatric Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology Department. He is also an active member of the board APAPARI (Asian Pacific Association of Paediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology) and has published more than 250 papers in national and international journals. His main research interest areas are paediatric allergy and paediatric respiratory infections.
Marcie Mom: Good day Prof Hugo, thanks for joining me for today’s Dr Q&A.
Babies tend to scratch their eyes when tired. Also, I notice that my baby’s eyelids (where eyeliner is applied) look oily. To soothe the discomfort, I would wet a cotton pad with lukewarm boiled water and clean outwards. This is sometimes followed by moisturizing sparingly when her eyelid is dry.
How would you recommend a parent to reduce their child scratching eyes?
Prof Hugo: Keep eczema under control and apply a preventive approach.
Marcie Mom: Short and sweet! Parents can also read Dr Verallo-Rowell’s answer in this post: Quoted below:
Marcie Mom: Lastly, the eyelid. Eyelid eczema is not uncommon for children and furthermore, children tend to scratch their eyes when sleepy or tired. I normally wipe my baby’s eyes with cotton pad soaked in slightly warm cooled boiled water followed by a thin layer of moisturizer. What would be your advice on treating rash on the child’s eyelid? Is there any ingredient that is a no-no for the eyelid?
Dr. Verallo-Rowell: Wet with a little water the way you do it above, then apply the VCO alone or with pure plain petroleum jelly to lock in the water. The oils “melt” in a few minutes. Gently pat into the skin and if necessary (not usual) wipe off any excess to avoid their getting into the eye.