Pink Eye Treatment for Kids

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Kids love to explore and touch almost everything! Being curious and inquisitive, they grab, poke and feel anything they can get their hands on! (My kids do!) This makes them easily prone to infections circulating around. This is why getting pinkeye is common in kids. If you ever had pinkeye as a kid, you can almost always relate with itchy and painful eyes, no outdoor games with friends and shortened television time. You’d also have icky yellowish deposit in the eyes and no school. In short, pink eye is no fun! If you are looking for pink eye treatment – you at the right place

What are the Causes of Pink Eye?

Pinkeye, also known as conjunctivitis, has three main causes: virus, allergy, and bacteria. This condition is highly contagious, so much so that a single speck of the source of infection can result in at least a week’s worth of eye-related problems. You can get pinkeye from:

  • Swimming in contaminated water, especially in summertime
  • Sharing towels with an infected person
  • Getting in contact with contaminated hands and objects
  • Getting the discharge droplets from coughs and sneezes

Are there any Signs and Symptoms to be wary of?

Yes! These signs and symptoms can appear 1-3 days from the time your kid got in contact with the source of infection. In some cases, it may be difficult to determine if the pink eye is viral, bacterial, or allergic. This is because all three have similar symptoms.

  • For bacterial pink eye, infection may start with just one eye and end up affecting the other eventually.
  • With viral, one or both eyes may be affected. The discharge is usually watery.
  • Eyes are typically watery with allergic conjunctivitis. This comes with sneezing and a runny nose.

Other signs and symptoms to look out for are the following:

  • Puffy eyes
  • Redness behind the eyelids
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Crusting around the eyes
  • Excessive production of tears

Which Pink Eye Treatment should I use?

Pink eye treatment depending on the cause of pinkeye, your physician may prescribe eye drops or ointments. If the problem is allergic in nature, an antihistamine can help reduce the flare-ups and minimize the discomfort. Warm or cool compress over the eyes may also help ease the pain. If the problem is swelling, cool packs over the affected eye will help.

You can also use an over-the-counter medicine as a pink eye treatment. There are products available for reducing redness. This includes tetrahydrozoline and naphazoline eye drops. Note that these medications aren’t advisable for children below 6 years old.

If your child’s pink eye is due to an allergy, taking an antihistamine like chlorpheniramine or diphenhydramine can help. These medications reduce the eye redness and itching that often come with an allergy. For more details about allergy read my previous post Nose Allergies – Say “No” to Sneezing!

Other considerations you can take

Keep in mind that as long as your kids have discharge in their eyes, they are still infected. This means that they can only minimally interact with other people. They may have to miss school too.

During this time, it’s best to sanitize everything they touch. This can help minimize the spread of infection. You can also tell your kid to avoid touching his eyes. Give him a separate hand towel as well after washing his hands.