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Baby Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is more commonly known as “red eye” or “pink eye”. The baby’s eyes typically develop a pinkish hue signifying an inflammation of the conjunctiva - the part of the eye found in the outermost layer. It is caused by an infection, a virus, a bacteria or an allergy. Some forms of conjunctivitis are highly contagious and therefore can be easily transmitted from person to person.

Prevention of Baby Conjunctivitis

Methods to prevent further spread of baby Conjunctivitis

  • Wash before any contact with child eyes after.
  • Use separate towels and face cloths.

Detecting Baby Conjunctivitis?

It can be detected by observing the baby’s eye. Check for redness or inflammation. Tears and other discharges is a sign of bacteria, which is the cause of the conjunctivitis. When suffering from this ailment, blurred vision or increased sensitivity usually occurs.

Allergies and Conjunctivitis?

Some allergies resulting in conjunctivitis are caused by reactions to certain animals or exposure to dust. Removing the offending irritant should prevent reoccurrence in the future. There are other substances that can cause this, shampoos, dirt and smoke are common examples.

Itchiness or soreness with Conjunctivitis?

Babies suffering from this ailment will experience some form of discomfort due to itchiness or soreness. Consult a doctor to determine an antibiotic eye drop that can be used. In milder instances of the conjunctivitis, giving the baby a warm bath may ease it somewhat. Be sure to use a separate towel to avoid infection.

Prevent the spread of Conjunctivitis?

There are many different ways to prevent the spread of this ailment. It is important to disinfect surfaces that come into contact with the baby. The baby should avoid touching the face of other people, whether to scratch or to poke at the eye. Wash the baby’s hands regularly to further ensure cleanliness. Always use a separate towel or handkerchief for the baby.

What to do if symptoms persist?

If symptoms persist, seeing an ophthalmologist is a necessity. An examination of the eye or other discharges will help determine the root cause of the conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis caused by bacteria is cured by the use of antibiotics. If a virus is the cause, medicine typically cannot treat the sickness.

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