Friday Dr Q&A with Prof Hugo – Scratching Eyes

Prof Hugo Van Bever

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.

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  1. Virgin coconut oil is great, but can cause an allergic reaction in some. After two days of use my son breaks out on the third day of using it. Do a small patch test for a few days to test it out first.

  2. Tom, hope you don’t mind me moving your comment to this post; a more appropriate place as compared to posting on Featured Guest page, thanks for understanding and commenting 🙂

  3. I’m 18 and I have eczema all over my body xpecet my back and palms. It only started getting really bad last year. Showers were hell. I used to be an active person. And then I couldn’t concentrate on any sport I played anymore. I spent at least 4 hours a day scratching. My 5 day school trip to Bintan was the worst. I should have enjoyed it, but instead spent it alone and in pain. After half a year of chinese medicine, it’s finally improving, but I no longer have a high school life to enjoy.