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Wow, what a day.<br><br>
So I'm sitting there nursing my son, when all of a sudden he starts screaming bloody murder. It's the kind of cry he does when he gets startled, which happens fairly easily, and this might be what just happened since DH was in the garage banging on something with a hammer. Either that, or something hurt him real bad all of a sudden.<br><br>
When he finally stopped crying enough to open his eyes, I noticed that it looks like he has some sort of scratch or scrape going right across his iris and pupil. On first glance it looks like it could be an eyelash or some sort of foreign object, but it's not. It doesn't move at all when he blinks. It's about maybe 1/16" wide, and not quite 1/4" long.<br><br>
Now, almost 2 hours later, DS doesn't act like his eye is bothering him---no rubbing or tears or anything. And he seems to be seeing just fine. Even if I cover up the other eye, he still tracks movement with the possibly-injured eye. But the funny scratch-looking thing is still there.<br><br>
He does tend to like to stick his fingers in his eyes. I try to move them away if he does it while I'm holding him, but I don't always succeed, or he could have done this earlier while sleeping.<br><br>
It seems like I might have heard once that babies can get stuff in their eyes and it doesn't bother them like it bother us, and it doesn't harm them. Would that also apply in the case of a light scratch or scrape? Or do I need to book it in to have the ped take a look?
 

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I'd wait til tomorrow and see how it is. It may really be just a hair that's stuck firmly, or a superficial scratch that will heal up just fine on its own. If it seems to be bothering him, take him in, but I wouldn't take the word of a pediatrician, I'd ask to have him sent to a specialist. Just my .02 The peds I've used seem to know very little about eyes, other than how to diagnose pink-eye. And most babies like to stick their fingers in their eyes. Just wait til he starts sticking them in yours!
 

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My dd scratched her eye one morning. I heard her wake to an ear piercing scream. I ran in and grabbed her thinking that she was upset because she woke up and I was in another room. I soothed her and she fell back asleep. Every time she tried to wake up that morning and would try to open her eyes, she would cry and tears would pour from her eyes. That was how I knew something was wrong and got her to the dr.<br><br>
Her eye was kind of red and irriatated, so they gave me an ointment for her eye to use. The next day she was fine again, but she slept the whole day prior because she was in so much pain.<br><br>
It was such a horrible experience! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I would keep an eye on him, but if he seems fine, chances are, whatever it was that made him so upset, is now ok.
 

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Well he had a short nap, then woke up screaming again. Nursing seemed to take his mind off his troubles, but as soon as he was done he resumed crying. At that point he was also rubbing his eye and it was making lots of extra tears. We read somewhere that we could try flushing the eye to remove any foreign matter. Man, if you really want to hear a baby scream, try flushing his eyes! We gave up on that pretty quickly---I don't think there's any foreign matter anyway.<br><br>
So I guess I'll see how it is in the morning. Part of me thinks that if we can just avoid infection, we'll be fine and it will heal up soon. I hope he'll be able to sleep tonight without waking up and rubbing it. I'm sure the ped. will want to give him antibiotics "just in case."
 
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