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Purulent eyes in a child - causes and treatment

Purulent eyes in a child - causes and treatment


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Purulent eyes in a child do not necessarily mean conjunctivitis. Yellowish discharge in the corners may have other sources, much less serious. In the youngest children, up to about the age of two can result from eye irritation, being the result of rubbing the eyes with dirty hands, often accompanied by andviral infections, runny nose, colds, protracted infections. In newborns, purulent eyes most often result from tear sac inflammation. How to deal with festering eyes, how to care for them, and when is it worth to see a doctor?

Newborn festering eye

A newborn's festering eye is quite a common problem follows fromblocked tear duct. It is congenital abnormality also known as lacrimal pouchitis. A situation occurs when a child is born for unknown reasons narrowed duct of one or both eyes. The narrowed channel means that the secretion can't escape, which leads to blockage of the channel and inflammation.

Treatment of purulent eye in a newborn, whose source is a blocked tear duct, requires regularity and patience. It is worth going there to an ophthalmologist who will explain how to help a child - how to exercise tear sac massage most often used also eye drops (in some situations, antibiotic drops are indicated).

If the treatment, which lasts for several weeks, fails, your doctor may recommend surgery consisting of introducing a thin probe into the tear duct, which under pressure introduces an antiseptic liquid and cleanses the eye area.

Purulent eyes in a child - how to recognize conjunctivitis?

The youngest children are particularly at risk of conjunctivitiswhich are fairly easy to see by looking at the eyes. The eye or eyes are bloodshot purulent discharge appears in the corners, which is more each day. This can lead to sticking eyelashes and difficulty opening the eye. In addition, the eyes may itch, hurt, sometimes photophobia appears - the child protects himself from the light source.

Conjunctivitis and festering eyes in a child may have a viral (occurring in the course of infection, accompany a runny nose, cough), bacterial (for example, appear after a visit to the swimming pool) or allergic (in children with a problem with allergies).

Conjunctivitis it contagious disease. For this reason, you need to take care of separate towels, bedding and special way to take care of hygiene, changing the pillowcase and towels more often, and thoroughly wash your hands after cleaning the infected eye.

Purulent eyes in a child - first aid

Purulent eyes in a child require careful care.

  • use a separate cotton swab for each eye,
  • rinse the eyes from the outside to the inside (heading for the nose),
  • for washing we use boiled water, antiseptics, chamomile solution (beware of possible allergies).

Purulent eyes in a child - when to see a doctor?

If there is a lot of oil, home (above) methods after two or three days do not help, it is worth going to the doctor. A visit is also indicated if the child is feverish, weak or clearly ill.



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