My worry was that the goo clogged up his ducts and that his eye was going to swell worse and eventually explode. With that image in mind, I knew I needed to put a little heat on the ducts to help break up the junk stuck inside. But, I don't keep hot water bottles (do they even sell those anymore?) or heat packs around here. I do have some rice pillows that I made during the winter, but those are way too big for his little 6 year old face. That, of course, left only one option. Make a smaller one!! So I did:
The gray pack is filled with white, long grain rice (the fabric was upcycled from scraps off of my sisters hemmed work apron), and the star fabric is the removable case. I figured that anything touching a virus-infested-goo-eye should be washable.
I serged the edges of the case to reduce bulk (little kids don't like heavy things on their faces), and decided against any kind of closure since it is really unnecessary.
I just love the convenience and versatility of a rice pillow. But, I honestly never thought to make small ones until now. These only took me about 20 minutes to make, and I may make a bunch more for future baby shower gifts. Cool, right?