How to clean the eyelids in children and babies

How to clean the eyelids in children and babies


To clean the eyelids the first step is to
do a warm compress which softens the debris on the eyelids making it easy to clean off. Place a clean face cloth under a hot tap, nice and hot but not hot enough to burn or be uncomfortable Wring it out and hold the hot compress on
top of the closed eyes for one or two minutes. If the cloth becomes cool, warm under the
tap again, wring and replace it on the closed lids.
Next we perform the cleaning. For older children we use a moistened
cotton pad. This can be moistened in warm tap water
or by using a weak solution of baby shampoo. or bicarbonate of soda. Squeeze out any excess moisture. First you clean the back edge if the
eyelid. Pull down the lower lid and run the bud firmly but gently along the thin line of skin behind the lashes four or five times. Do the same for the
top lid putting it up and away from the eye. Then
we clean the lashes. For the top lid, close the eyes firmly and scrub vigorously at the base of the
lashes doing a small part of the lid at a
time and moving gradually along the width of the lid to do all the
lashes. In the same movement to use for brushing
your teeth. Then open the eye, look up and repeat with the bottom lid lashes, again moving gradually along the lid to ensure all the lashes are clean. Ideally
older children should be taught to do this themselves. For younger
children we start again with a warm compress. Then use a face
cloth to clean the lid edges moistened in warm tap water or with a
weak solution of baby shampoo or bicarbonate of soda. After moistening wring out the cloth wrapped the cloth tightly around the index finger so it
covers the length of the finger holding the rest of the cloth in the
hand. With the child’s eyes gently closed lay the finger with the length of the
cloth along the lashes apply gentle pressure towards the eye and
wipe up in a sweeping motion two to three
times to clean the upper lid. The gentle pressure towards the eyes will allow the eyelids to turn out a
little so that the back edge of the eyelids are cleaned. Then wipe down two or three times in the
same way to clean the lower lid. To clean the base of the lashes; with
your child’s eyes tightly closed use the length of the
the finger covered by the cloth to rub quite vigorously along where the
lashes come out at the skin moving along the eyelids so that all
areas are cleaned.

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