Symptoms – Your child may experience itching, redness, watering, or drainage of one or both eyes. Following sleep, the eyelids may stick together.
Transmission – Children rub their itchy eyes, collect the drainage, and spread conjunctivitis to others. Schools and day care centers will not permit children to attend with conjunctivitis unless they are being treated with antibiotics. Viral conjunctivitis usually lasts 3-7 days.
- Cleanse the eyes with a warm damp washcloth or cotton balls.
- Use a soothing eye drop such as Tearsol.
- Use antibiotic eye drops if only indicated and useful for bacterial conjunctivitis. This can sometimes be difficult to differentiate, but usually there will be thick, pus-like discharge in a bacterial conjunctivitis. These drops are available by prescription only. You can call our nursing line or make an appointment to discuss if these drops may be appropriate
Prevention – Keeping the hands washed, eyes wiped clean, and using antibiotic eye drops (when indicated) will help prevent spread.
When to Schedule an Appointment:
- Your child is under one year old
- High fever
- Significant eye swelling
- Complaints of pain, decreased vision, or unusual sensitivity to light
If you think your child may have pink eye, call 301-279-6750 and speak with one of our advice nurses or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org