It started with him putting the corner of his blanket in his eye when he was falling asleep. He would only do it for a moment before he was asleep so we didn't really think anything of it. But then it became a horrid habit that would happen throughout the day. He's always been a thumb-sucker, so he would suck the right thumb and use his left hand to put something (usually his lovey or his blanket) in his left eye. Just in the very outer corner, and barely touching the eyeball.
We would redirect and that still works really well. But I feel like I spend my whole day saying "out of your eyeball, lets ______." Lemme tell you, that one gets some strange looks in the store.
Now it's gotten to the point hat he puts ALL KINDS of things in his eye. Coins, toys, blankets, sticks, rocks, even a screw he found. I am PETRIFIED that he's going to do some serious damage.
Both my husband and I have sat down and talked with him about it, about the risks of infection and blindness, and I know he kinda gets it, but he's just a bit over two and cant fully comprehend the danger. I have also spoken with the optometrist to see if there may be some sort of medical reason. There isn't.
The pattern seems to be he does it when he's tired or he needs some love, both result in snuggles. I like to think there are plenty of touch-related opportunities throughout the day, but maybe I'm missing something?
My daughter (4) is a fidgety little critter and has her own habit of playing with her lower lip. So there's something going on.... The thing that has me so confused is that they both do it during activity too - playing legos or blocks or dolls or coloring.
I've thought of googling images of eye infections but am not sure if that will help him at his age. We have tried making a big deal out of it, and tried making it casual, I know there HAS to be another option.
Any suggestions? Anyone else's kids stick things in their eyes on a regular basis?
Thanks for listening.