Pink eyes and ear infection are quite common in kids these days. However, there is nothing much to worry about as these infections are treatable when taken good care of. But we have come across many such cases where identifying the infection becomes quite tough. Thus, we are here with a blog that not only deals with what you can do if your child gets conjunctivitis but also with how to differentiate between normal red eyes in children with conjunctivitis.
Let us start by giving you a brief on what conjunctivitis is and how you can identify the pink eyes in toddlers.
There are different types of conjunctivitis:
All these infections can have the same core symptoms or show different symptoms. You can look for the following symptoms in your child
Now that you have an idea of how to identify conjunctivitis in children, let us move ahead to the most important section.
What to do when your child has conjunctivitis?
The most important thing to do when you are sure that your child has been suffering from Conjunctivitis is to get him to the doctor. It will not only help him get better treatment but will also prevent the spreading of this painful infection to others. Moreover, if his eyes are not treated for the infection it could be contagious for more than two weeks spreading the infection in a larger proportion.
The testing mostly includes a physical examination of the condition with the doctor asking you for the other symptoms. Apart from this, he might ask you for a sample for confirmation lab testing. However, this mostly happens when the medications and treatments don’t work for your child.
In the above sections, we mentioned how conjunctivitis can be of four different types with each type having its symptoms. Thus in this section, we deal with the treatment that applies to each type of conjunctivitis.
The kids pink eyes caused by a bacterial infection can be treated by giving antibacterial medications. Within the initial doses, you will start seeing improvement in your kid’s condition. However, even if the redness subsides, make sure that your child completes the entire course of medication.
In most cases, a doctor prescribes antibacterial eye drop for treating red eyes in children. However, if you have a toddler you might face difficulty in using it. In such cases, you can use the eye drops by dropping it in the corner of your child’s eyes while he is fast asleep.
Moreover, we suggest you use an antibacterial ointment for toddlers rather than eye drops. You will just have to apply it in the corner of his eyes and let it slide in on its own.
Many home remedies help treat viral conjunctivitis. Moreover, there isn’t any particular medication for treating viral pink eyes in children.
You can try out these home remedies:
Your doctor might prescribe you an antihistamine or any such medication for the same. The medication depends on the severity and symptoms of the infection. However, you can try a warm or a cold compress to soothe the burning sensation that arises.
The only way to treat the pink eye infection caused by an irritant is to flush out the irritant. However, don’t try doing it at home. Your doctor knows it better!
With that being said, let us move ahead with the next step.
There is another important work that needs to be done, and that is preventing the infection from spreading, and for that, you must know about how the disease spreads.
The viral and bacterial types of conjunctivitis are highly contagious. They can spread through contacting a person with the infection or by using an article owned by the infected person. Moreover, it can also spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing.
Apart from these two, the allergic and irritant conjunctivitis do not spread.
Kids pink eyes can be highly contagious. Thus, it is quite important to control the spread to protect others from being infected.
Pink eyes and ear infection cases have seen a huge rise in recent times. The prominent causes behind this being pollution and carelessness in maintaining hygiene. Thus, we must ensure that our child follows the right protocols of hygiene, whenever he goes out to play or is in school.
You should also take care of your child not being too close to people suffering from contagious diseases. Moreover, we must protect the people near us. Thus, if your child gets infected from any such diseases, don’t send him to school or outside as this will not only worsen his infection but will also spread it to the people nearby.