What does conjunctivitis look like in babies?

Your child’s eye will be red, teary, sore or itchy. Sometimes there’ll be a yellow or green sticky discharge in your child’s eye, which makes the lids stick together after your child has been asleep. The skin around the eyes might look puffy.

What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis in babies?

If your child has conjunctivitis, they may have:

  • a red or pink eye (or both eyes)
  • redness behind the eyelid.
  • swelling of the eyelids, making them appear puffy.
  • excessive tears.
  • a yellow-green discharge from the eye which dries when your child sleeps, causing crusting around the eyelids.

Will conjunctivitis go away by itself in babies?

If your baby’s pink eye is caused by a virus, allergies, or irritation, it can’t be treated by antibiotics. Pink eye from a viral infection usually heals on its own in 1 to 2 weeks.

How can you tell the difference between viral and bacterial conjunctivitis?

Bacterial pink eye often appears redder than viral pink eye. While viral pink eye may cause your eyes to water, bacterial pink eye is often accompanied by green or yellow discharge. Viral pink eye also often begins with a cold, whereas bacterial pink eye is associated with respiratory infections.

When should I worry about conjunctivitis?

You should see a healthcare provider if you have conjunctivitis along with any of the following: pain in the eye(s) sensitivity to light or blurred vision that does not improve when discharge is wiped from the eye(s) intense redness in the eye(s)

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