Toddlers Are at Highest Risk for Chemical Burns to the Eyes

Accidents involving chemicals splashed in the eyes were long regarded as a workplace risk.

But it turns out that toddlers have the highest risk for this potentially blinding injury at home, according to a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology last month. Before a parent can stop them, curious babies may spray themselves in the face with a household cleaner or squeeze a liquid detergent packet till it explodes.

Most parents know to keep liquid cleaning products out of children’s reach so they do not drink them, but may be unaware that even products like toilet cleaning sprays and alcohol-based hand sanitizers must be kept out of reach.

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