Pink Eye or Conjunctivitis In Children

Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis) is the inflammation (ie, redness, swelling) of the thin tissue covering the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelids. It is commonly seen in children and adults.

You can learn about the causes, signs and symptoms, prevention and treatment options for pick eye in children from this presentation that I have put together.

When to consult a doctor?

Call Doctor or Seek Care Now

  • Eyelid is very red or very swollen

  • Nonstop tears or blinking

  • Vision is blurred

  • Eye pain or discomfort is more than mild

  • Turns away from any light

  • Age less than 12 weeks old with fever. Caution: do NOT give your baby any fever medicine before being seen.

  • Your child looks or acts very sick

  • You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent

Contact Doctor Within 24 Hours

  • Only 1 eye is red and lasts more than 24 hours

  • Fever lasts more than 3 days

  • Fever returns after being gone more than 24 hours

  • You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent

Contact Doctor During Office Hours

  • Age less than 1 month old

  • Redness lasts more than 7 days

  • You have other questions or concerns

Self Care at Home

  • Red eye is part of a cold

  • Red eye is caused by mild irritant (such as soap, sunscreen, food, smoke, chlorine)

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