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Toddlers and Pink Eye

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 27-02-2007

Pink Eye is an eye infection where the white part of the eye and the inner eyelids become red, causing itching, swelling, eye discharge, and irritation. The scientific name for Pink Eye is ‘conjunctivitis’. This condition is also referred to as ‘red eye.’

Some of the typical reasons for toddlers to get affected with Pink Eye are:

  • Bacterial infection of the eye
  • Viral infection of the eye
  • Eye allergy
  • Dust and smoke

Nearly all of these infections affect both the eyes. Moreover, the infection does not last too long. It is usually cured within 24 hours of treatment.

Note: In some cases, the infection may be contagious. You need to consult your doctor to find out if it is contagious.

General Treatment for Pink Eye:

  • For Bacterial/Viral Conjunctivitis: Antibiotics such as topical drops or ointments are useful in curing this type of Pink Eye
  • For Allergic Conjunctivitis: Allergy medications such as Alocril, Patanol etc. can help in quick recovery

Some Do’s:

  • Whenever there is any eye discharge, take a warm moist cloth and wipe the discharge immediately—this will help reduce the irritation your toddler may be undergoing.
  • If the infection is contagious, make sure you wash your hands after having touched the eye or its discharge.
  • Discourage your toddler from rubbing the infected eye frequently.

Disclaimer: The above information is commonsense reflection drawn from general experience. If you are looking for expert medical advice, please consult your doctor.