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Hi, I have a 5 week old baby with a hair stuck in her eye.

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Hi, I have a 5 week old baby with a hair stuck in her eye. I have tried to float it out with a saturated cotton wall ball and I still cant get it out. What shall I do? Will it come out itself if I leave it. I am worried if I keep trying to get it out I will cause more damage than good.

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I suggest that you first use clean distilled water in a wash bottle to irrigate the eye. If that fails, then you can apply a lubricant gel (Refresh or Gentealn Gel) on a cotton tip application and use it to drag it out. Then, instill preservative free tear drop such as Refresh in the eye 4 times daily for 1 day to sooth the eye from irritation. Howver, if the above fails, then follow-up with the eye doctor so that it can be carefully removed.

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Edited by Dr. Stan on 2/4/2010 at 11:26 PM EST
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