How To Get Sunscreen Out of Baby’s Eyes?

Did you know that UV rays of the sun are immensely harmful and can cause skin cancer? A umbrella or canopy may reduce UVR exposure by only 50%. So, Sunscreen can protect the rest of the half

Therefore, people use sunscreen all the time and even apply it to babies’ skin. However, sometimes sunscreen can accidentally get in the eyes. 

Now, if that indeed occurs to your baby, do you know how to get sunscreen out of baby eyes?

Well, the procedure of removing sunscreen from your baby’s eyes is not a complex one. But, if you don’t know the correct know-how, leaving your baby’s eyes untreated can lead to permanent damage.

But, don’t worry, we’ve got you back. For your convenience, we have laid down the correct instructions right here. All you have to do is read it till the end. So, let’s go!!

How To Get Sunscreen Out Of Baby Eyes? [ 4 Solutions]

At this point, we will discuss how you can easily and safely get the sunscreen out of your baby’s eyes.

How To Get Sunscreen Out Of Baby Eyes

Although it is recommended that you stay careful while applying sunscreen(especially when you’re applying sunscreen to your baby’s face), it is understandable that accidents do occur. 

That’s why, for your convenience, we have laid down a few steps that you can follow when such accidents occur. So, let’s see the steps in detail:

Stay Calm: 

The first thing you have to do, when you accidentally spill sunscreen on your baby’s eyes, is to stay calm. Also, it’s worth noting that when sunscreen is accidentally applied, it will cause irritation and discomfort in the baby’s eyes. As a result, it is perfectly normal to see your child crying out of momentary pain and discomfort.

But, the important thing to remember here is that your child follows what activity you do. That’s why, if you panic a lot in this situation, your child will follow suit. Consequently, your baby will give you a hard time treating that hurt eye.

On the other hand, if you can stay calm even when your child is crying, your child will probably notice your physical state of calmness and eventually stay calm as well. So, if sunscreen accidentally gets on your baby’s eyes, remember to keep your cool and stay calm.

Using Water To Wash Away: 

The best treatment for any type of skin injury and burn is to apply water to the skin. And, even in the case of getting sunscreen on the eyes, this rule perfectly applies as well.

So, when you notice that your child has got sunscreen on his / her eyes, get a hold of a bottle of clean water and thoroughly wash the eyes. Now, when you are applying water to your child’s eyes, you should use your fingers to keep the eyelids open (if you can). 

It’s because keeping the eyelids open will maximize the soothing effect of the water and give better relief to your child. So, even if your child is resisting it, do not hesitate to use your hand to keep the eyelids open when applying the water to the eyes.

Take Advantage Of Artificial Tears:

After you have applied enough water to your child’s eyes, we recommend that you apply Artificial Tears to the eyes as after-treatment. Artificial Tears are a type of lubrication to be applied to the eye. And, a positive aspect of artificial tears is that they contain no medication or hazardous compounds. 

As a result, if you apply artificial tears to your child’s eye, your child will immediately get a soothing and comfortable feeling in his / her eyes. This way, you can rest assured that your child is not suffering anymore.

Using Wet Washcloths:

If your baby is still crying a lot (even after applying all the above steps), there’s another thing you can do to provide relief for your child. Namely, you can put wet washcloths for your baby on the eyes of your baby. This way, the pain and discomfort in your baby’s eyes will not be as strong as before. 

Furthermore, the water content in the wet washcloths will try to sap away any remaining sunscreen molecules around the eye skin of your baby. Consequently, after multiple turns of changing wet washcloths, you will notice that the sunscreen has completely been taken away by the washcloths. And finally, your baby will get complete relief.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How long does the effect of sunscreens stay on the eyes?

Although sunscreen cannot cause any permanent damage to the eyes, its chemical burn effect can leave discomfort and pain in the eyes for up to 2 days. But, if you can treat this problem effectively, the pain can be alleviated in one day as well.

2. Can sunscreen cause eye swelling?

If human eyes get in physical contact with sunscreen compounds, it causes various physical discomforts. As a result, it can cause eye-swelling and eye redness. However, if you know how to handle this problem (in the proper way), this phenomenon can be prevented pretty easily.

3. Should I bathe my baby if sunscreen has gotten in his/her eyes?

Yes, absolutely. Bathing your baby is an ideal solution if sunscreen gets in her or his eyes. It’s because bathing facilitates all the organs of the body to have direct contact with water molecules. Consequently, the water can provide a soothing effect on the skin.

How To Prevent The Sunscreen From Getting Into Your Baby’s Eye? [Precautions And Tips]

First off, before we start discussing how we can get the sunscreen out of your baby’s eyes, I would like to let you know that short-term contact with sunscreens cannot cause any permanent damage to your child’s eye. But, exposure to sunscreen can cause severe pain in the eye of a baby.

That’s why the best way to prevent such occurrences is to keep sunscreen away from your baby’s eyes in the first place. So, we should first talk about how you can keep the sunscreen away from your baby’s eye:

1. Keeping The Eyes Close:

While applying sunscreens on your baby’s face, keep your baby’s eyes closed with your fingers. A lot of parents do not know this trick. As a result, they end up accidentally getting sunscreen on their baby’s eyes.

But, an important thing to note here is that, if you can keep your baby’s eyes closed when applying sunscreen, the possibility of accidentally getting sunscreen on your baby’s eyes is practically zero.

2. Do Not Use Spray-On Sunscreens: 

Another thing you should be mindful of is that spray-on sunscreen is a bit dangerous to use on a baby’s face. That’s why we recommend not using a spray-on sunscreen on your baby’s skin. 

Instead, buy a lotion-type sunscreen that needs to be applied with your palm. Now, the major perk of using this type of sunscreen is that the chance of accidentally applying the sunscreen on the wrong skin area or the eyes is very low.

3. Pick The Right Ambience: 

In order for you to avoid any unintentional application of sunscreens to the wrong skin area, we fully endorse that you stay in a calm and peaceful environment when applying sunscreen to your baby’s skin.

For instance, when applying sunscreen to your baby’s face, it’s best to stay in a place where there is no direct flow of wind. Furthermore, you should also pick a quiet area, so you can stay calm when applying sunscreen.

4. If You Have To Use A Spray-On Sunscreen:

If you have no other choice but to use spray-on sunscreen on your baby’s skin, it is better to use what you have at hand rather than leaving your baby protected in the sun. So, when you don’t have any other option, you can use spray-on sunscreen on your baby’s skin.

However, while spraying the sunscreen on the face of your baby, be sure to hold the spray bottle still. Also, make sure that you’re spraying from a certain angle that the sunscreen sprays in the opposite direction of your baby’s eyes. This way, the chances of accidental application of sunscreen into your baby’s eyes stay very little.

On top of all that, make sure that no one else is beside you when you are applying sunscreen on your baby’s skin. As a result, you can rest assured that you are not unintentionally applying sunscreen on someone else’s face.

The Bottom Line:

Simply put, if your Baby’s eyes are affected by sunscreen, you should utilize clean water to wash the sunscreen away, and you have to do this very quickly. Also, the faster you do this, the more effective the results will be.

However, we wholeheartedly recommend that you keep sunscreen products away from your baby’s eyes in the first place.

Sarah, a health writer and editor since 2014, is an adoring wife and dedicated mother to 2 daughters and 1 son. As the creator of Babies Plannet, she combines her extensive expertise with her maternal dedication to provide essential care and safety advice for infants, nurturing their well-being and happiness. Her writing explores topics like fitness, pregnancy, and women's healthy lifestyles.

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