Signs of pink eye in toddler?

(June 1, 2010)

Pink Eye In Toddlers

Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, is an infection of the thin membrane/tissue that lines the eyelids. It is this membrane that keeps the eyes and eyelids moist. Conjunctivitis is a treatable infection that occurs in children as well as adults. The infection can be of a contagious or non-contagious type.

Contagious infections are caused due to bacteria or viruses. Non-contagious infections are caused due to allergens. When you are infected  the white part of the eye and the inner eyelids become red, causing itching, swelling, irritation, and eye discharge. Often when conjunctivitis begins, it starts only in one eye and the other eye looks perfect.

Conjunctivitis can be caused due to viruses, bacteria, pollen, shampoo getting into the eyes, chlorine in swimming pools, and dust. Newborns can also get infected due to bacteria in the birth canal. This infection generally affects both the eyes. Moreover, the infection does not last too long.

Viral or bacterial conjunctivitis can be extremely contagious, especially in children. Restrain your child from rubbing or scratching his or her eyes. Staphylococci, the bacteria which cause pink eye, are predominant in toddlers and need to be treated with caution. Wash your hands frequently with anti bacterial soap while you deal with toddler that has pink eye. There are two types of contagious pink eye infections—viral pink eye and bacterial pink eye.

Viral pink eye symptoms in toddlers are different from bacterial pink eye symptoms. There is a watery discharge from the eyes. The white part of the eyes and the inner eyelid become red and irritated, which causes swelling. Children may also have viral symptoms such as cold, runny nose, or sore throat. In bacterial pink eye, there will be discharge but usually thick and yellow or green in color. Other symptoms might include a burning and itching sensation in the eyes.

The affected eye can feel itchy, burning or scratchy and your eye may also hurt when exposed to light. It is not unusual for the eye infection to pain all the time. These are all normal symptoms. It may take seven days or slightly more for the infection to go away. Your doctor may prescribe some antibiotic or soothing drops for your eyes to promote healing and alleviate the discomfort. Pink eye may become a serious condition if the infection remains in spite of taking proper medication, if your vision is blurred, and if you experience severe pain in the eyes. If you notice a combination of any of these symptoms, consult your doctor immediately. He or she can offer you the best treatment and advice.

Submitted by P T on June 1, 2010 at 06:27

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