Healthy Kids: Eye safety, green tea, & oil use

Author: WINK News
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FORT Myers, Fla. – Medical news this week involved eye safety, green tea, and oil use in newborns’ skin. Here to discusses this and more, Dr. Annette St. Pierre-Mackoul joins us in the WINK News studio.

Prioritize eye safety when buying toys for children, experts urge:

  • 2014: ER’s saw >250,000 visits for toy-related eye injuries (<12 yrs)
  • Eye injuries increased by 511% between 2010-2012!
  • Culprits: paintball guns, airsoft guns, BB guns and pellet guns.
  • Eye Injuries: corneal abrasions, scratches, hyphema.
  • Severe injuries can cause blindness.
  • Caution: slingshots, dart guns, drones (projectile or flying toys)

Recommended eye safety points:

  • Avoid airsoft guns, BB guns, paintball guns, and dart guns.
  • Avoid toys with sharp, protruding or projectile parts – propel into eyes.
  • Only buy laser toys that comply with 21 CFR Subchapter J (meets federal requirements)
  • Sporting equipment: appropriate protective eyewear with shatterproof lenses.
  • Appropriate toys for child’s age and maturity level.
  • Provide adult supervision with children

Could too much green tea be harmful to health?

  • Exposure to excessive amounts of green tea impaired reproductive health.
  • Study done in fruit flies. Fruit flies share 75% of same genes that cause disease in humans.
  • Development of their offspring was also affected.
  • More study is needed.
  • Moderate consumption can be healthful.

Avoid applying olive and sunflower oil to healthy newborns’ skin:

  • More harmful than helpful!
  • Delays the development of the barrier that prevents water loss and protects against allergy and infection.
  • Eczema has increased over the last century (5% – 30%)
  • Eczema was improved but skin integrity suffered.
  • More studies need to be done.

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