Conjunctivitis, or pink eye in babies is a contagious eye infection. As it’s a viral infection, doctors don’t recommend medication to treat conjunctivitis.
chances of your baby contracting a viral infection known as conjunctivitis, or
pink eye, is relatively high as it’s quite contagious. Once infected, your
child will become irritated and
fussy due to the uncomfortable and painful nature of the infection. As it’s a viral
infection, doctors don’t recommend medication to treat conjunctivitis; firstly,
because antibiotics do not work on viral infections; and secondly, if your
child is younger than two years of age, it’s best to avoid antibiotics.
Therefore, only your care can
help them recover faster, so it’s important to understand the symptoms of
conjunctivitis, and treat them accordingly. It can get quite painful for the
baby if it’s not taken care of as early as possible. Since the infection is highly contagious, it can also spread quickly from one
family member to another. Preventing this from occurring is very
What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis?
It can affect one or both eyes at a time. Your baby’s
eyes will appear red and watery, and you will clearly notice inflammation
around the white part of the eye, as well as the lining of the inside the
eyelids. A pussy discharge may seep from their eye. Initially, it would appear
to be white, but if the infection worsens then the pus will appear dark green,
and then yellow.
it gets worse, the baby’s eyelashes will stick together, forming a crust.
Crustiness usually occurs in the morning, or whenever your baby wakes up after
sleeping.Your baby may also develop a fever, ear infection or coughing in some
bacterial infections. The baby experiences quite a bit of discomfort because of
itchiness and pain.
How do we treat conjunctivitis in babies?
conjunctivitis is a viral infection, it typically passes through the system in
about a week. During this time, it’s imperative to treat the symptoms, in order
to alleviate your baby’s discomfort. This includes keeping your baby’s eyes
clean and clear through using over-the-counter saline drops, or using gentle
cleaning wipes to clean away any pus or crustiness. You
can also use clean damp cloth to clean your baby’s eyes. To clean, always start
from the inner corners and gently move to the end of the eye, ensuring not to
leave any debris or dirt on the eye or eyelashes. Eye drops can help to relieve
itchiness, preventing bub from scratching at their eyes and further aggravating
You could also apply a slightly warm compress over the tear ducts
to help boost blood circulation to the area, bringing the pus to the surface
and allowing it to move from the eye faster. This will also help keep the eye
area moist, preventing crustiness.
Once clean, try to keep your baby occupied and take their focus
away from their pain and discomfort by playing with them and soothing them.
Consult your medical practitioner or emergency room if:
·The infection lasts longer than
a week, or the above techniques do not help your baby recover
·Your baby’s condition is
getting worse – this includes yellow discharge, and a high fever of over 38 Degrees Celcius. If their eye(s) has crusted over completely, or they cannot stop
rubbing it, then you should also seek medical attention
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