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Mom Rx: Sunscreen in the Eyes

When sunblock seeps into the corners of your child's eyes, the stinging may make her cry, but it won't cause any serious damage, says Richard Bensinger, M.D., spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. To ease her discomfort and make sure it doesn't happen again:

Let her tears wash away the sunscreen, or flush it out with cool water or pure saline solution.

Switch to a stick sunscreen, which is less likely to drift into the eyes.

Don't apply sunscreen (even stick ones) to the eyelids. Instead, shield eyes with a broad-brimmed hat or sunglasses.

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