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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.