is the fairly common type, especially in the change of seasons, but it can occur at any
time during the year. Common allergies include dust, pollen and pet dander. When the allergen comes in contact with the eye,
conjunctivitis can result. It usually affects both eyes.
is more common in children than adults. Bacteria that cause it include staphylococci,
streptococci, gonococci, and Chlamydia. Bacterial conjunctivitis tends to cause a thick, yellow, white or green discharge, which
can cause your child’s eyelids to feel crusty and stuck together, especially in the morning. Bacterial conjunctivitis is more likely
to affect one eye, but may spread to the other.
WHAT TO DO IN TERMS OF TREATMENT
Each type has a specific way it can be treated.
Unfortunately, when viral pink eye
is diagnosed, antibiotics are ineffective. The goal is to make your child more comfortable. The best way to do this is to use cool or warm compresses or artificial tears (can be purchased), which may help, alleviate the discomfort.
, on the other hand, may require or resolve more quickly with topical or systemic antibiotics.
is best treated by trying to avoid the specific allergens, which cause the allergy.
The worst symptoms of conjunctivitis usually last about three to five days, but symptoms may persist for two to three weeks. The biggest issue is to avoid spreading it.
You and your doctor can come up with the treatment plan that will be the best for your child.
If you are uncomfortable about the severity of the conjunctivitis, if your baby develops pink eye, or if your child has had an accident with a strong chemical splashing into the eyes, see a doctor immediately.
- There are some common sense things you can do in any case of conjunctivitis – no matter its origin.
- Don’t touch or rub the infected eye
- Wash hands frequently
- Use clean pillowcases, towels and washcloths (give each child their own unique towel and washcloth to avoid spreading the infection from one child to another)
With children, making a game out of avoiding touching their eyes, washing their hands if they do and not shaking hands and sharing towels, could make them more cooperative and create some fun out of a not-so-ideal-situation. Even incorporating some sort of reward system or losing points for touching their eyes, can be tremendously helpful and lessen your frustrations. Children, especially older ones, respond to a reward system. In addition to verbal praise, giving your child a sticker and putting it on a calendar or a chart after they’ve used their cold/warm compress, allowed you to put eye drops or ointment in their eyes, or even drink their medicine for example. They will feel rewarded and this idea could enable them to follow their progress of healing visually. The idea is to encourage them.