Common Illnesses: Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

If you have ever had a kid in daycare, or really if you’ve ever had a kid, then you know that there is one thing they always are: germy.

That’s how on a Monday morning we ended up home battling pink eye. This is another one of those super common illnesses that gets passed around. Pink eye can be caused by a lot of things such as a cold, contact with the virus, or just a piece of dust that she rubbed into her eye. If you think your child may have pink eye, here are the things to look out for.

With Madeline we noticed the area around her eye got really red and puffy.  She typically rubs her eyes when she’s tired but this was much more than normal.  As it got redder and puffier, it also got really watery, it start to leak mucous like green crusts and even just straight clear liquid.  That’s when we knew something was off.  She was cranky and complaining more than usual.   The real test is when they wake up in the morning.  The first morning she woke up, her eye was swollen shut. Our pediatrician recommended a safe dose (based on Madeline’s weight) of Benadryl to help until our appointment later that day. Always ask your doctor for what medications and dosage amounts are safe to give your child before administering any medications to them.

Depending on how old your child is, they will either prescribe an oral medication or an ointment to be placed on their eyelashes so that they can blink it into their eye.  We got the ointment because she’s under 8 months.  As soon as we got it in, we started seeing improvement.  After just two hours, Madeline was bouncing back to her usual, happy self! And the other good news is that after 24 hours they’re good to go back to daycare or school.

Be sure to go to the pediatrician, even if you have the ointment at home because sometimes pink eye can be paired with an ear infection and it’s important to make sure you’re treating all the issues at hand.  We were lucky that it was just one of her eyes, but it can easily spread to the other eye as well.  Good luck and here’s hoping for healthy babies!

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