The term “puffy eyes” often is interchangeable with “swollen eyes.” Swollen eyes are generally used to describe an immune response to allergy, infection or injury, whereas “puffy eyes” is more likely used to refer to the external physical characteristic of swollen eyes from water retention, lack of sleep or genetic traits like dark circles under the eyes.
Children often have swollen eyelids, commonly caused by trauma, infection and allergies. Because these conditions can be serious, consult your child’s pediatrician for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to avoid damage to your child’s eye or vision. Puffy eyes generally result from a variety of factors, including:
- Overconsumption of salt, which causes fluid retention
- Allergies that can cause inflammation and swelling
- Sinus problems
- Fatigue and lack of sleep
- Inherited facial features
To find the best solution for puffy eyes and dark circles, it’s important to identify the underlying cause. If you have the same puffy eyes as your mother or father, you probably inherited the trait – so you can blame your parent! In this case, you will need to learn to live with the look or consider cosmetic options that might help reduce the puffiness. You might want to discuss with your eye doctor or cosmetic surgeon some of the available options to address your eyelid concerns. These options include chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing procedures, certain cosmeceuticals (prescription skin products) and eyelid surgery known as blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty involves removing extra fatty tissue and excessive skin from upper and lower eyelids, as well as tightening skin and muscles to reduce puffiness and wrinkles.
Many temporary remedies can help reduce the swollen look around eyes, such as:
- Using eye drops for irritation caused by allergies, if appropriate
- Drinking ample fluid to prevent dehydration
- Applying iced compresses when your lids are swollen
- Applying cucumber slices or chilled tea bags over closed eyes
- Using creams and other skin products specially formulated for use around the eyes
- Reducing salt in your diet
- Eating potassium-rich foods, such as bananas, to eliminate excess fluids in your body
- Splashing cold water over your face and eyes
- Getting plenty of sleep and rest
A baby can receive acupuncture treatments from birth and continue them all through childhood. There is no fixed age to start to benefit from acupuncture and traditionnal chinese medicine which in some cases can minimize the need for medications and more invasive medical interventions.
Acupuncture for kids is virtually painless. Pediatric acupuncturists are trained to use a special needling technique using needles so fine they are about the size of a strand of hair. For young children a rapid needling technique is used, where the needle is inserted and immediately taken out. Babies and children do not have to sit still for more than a few seconds at a time.