Conjunctivitis in Baby

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of a membrane that covers the white part of the eye. It is a problem that can cause some discomfort and irritation in the baby. THE

Conjunctivitis in Baby

s causes for its onset can be by bacteria, virus or allergic.

Viral conjunctivitis

Viral conjunctivitis usually goes by itself, it may take about a week to disappear completely.

You should keep the eye area clean by passing a gauze with filtered water or saline, using a sterile gauze and disposing of one gauze per eye after each use.

Bacterial conjunctivitis

In these cases, in addition to previous care, the use of antibiotic eye drops may be necessary.

Infants, especially infants under one year old are often affected by conjunctivitis, a few days after giving birth the baby may have some symptoms of conjunctivitis.

Symptoms of conjunctivitis in baby

  • Redness in the eyes;
  • Irritated eyes;
  • Pruritus;
  • Thick white or yellow patch;
  • Itchy eyes;
  • Hypersensitivity to light;
  • Swelling in the eyelids.
  • Burning sensation.

Prevention of conjunctivitis

Do not take any medication without consulting your doctor, always follow your instructions.

Wash your hands well before and after taking care of the baby’s eyes.

Use gauze and filtered water or saline to clean the eyes of your baby, always remember the rule of not using the same gauze in both eyes if you do the inflammation will walk from one eye to the other.

Wash clothing, bedding and clothing after use, conjunctivitis is contagious.

To avoid contagion of other children, should avoid carrying the baby to day care, in addition said the baby may become more irritated and lose some appetite.

As much as you want to pamper your baby to relieve the symptoms, you should avoid giving kisses and hugs to avoid the contagion.