Common Eye Problems in Infants

Common Eye Problems in Infants

 

BABYMINDER – There are few common eye problems in infants and children – sticky eye and conjunctivitis.

Sticky eye, a common problem among newborns, is caused by discharge from the eye. In older babies, a bloodshot eye is probably caused by conjunctivitis.

If your baby has a sticky eye, bathe the affected eye with sterilized water using a clean cotton towel. Wipe from the inner eyelid outwards. Do not share your baby’s towel. Take your baby to a doctor if both eyes become infected or the problem does is not resolved in a few days.

[pq]Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the outer membrane of the eyeball and the area under the eyelids caused by a virus or bacterium. It is highly contagious.[/pq]

 

Its symptoms include:

  • Redness of sclera (white of the eye)
  • Redness of inner eyelids
  • Closing together of eyelids
  • Itchy eyes
  • Bloodshot, watery eyes when caused by a virus. Yellow discharge when caused by bacteria.

If your child has conjunctivitis, keep him at home. Make sure that your hands and your baby’s hands are thoroughly cleansed to avoid spreading the infection. Do not share your baby’s towels.

If only one eye is sore, let your baby lie on his side, the infected eye nearer the bed’s surface. This will prevent tears from following to the other eye. Clean your child’s eyes everyday with boiled but cooled water to prevent bacterial infection.

[pq]Take your child to a doctor if your child experiences pain in the affected eye, there is discharge, or the condition persists or worsens.[/pq]

 
 
Sticky eye, a common problem among newborns, is caused by discharge from the eye. In older babies, a bloodshot eye is probably caused by conjunctivitis.

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