Our babies are very sensitive to the things around them that they are susceptible to a number of different conditions. Their eyes, in particular, are quite sensitive and there are common conditions that you have to be aware of.
In today’s post, I will talk about the most common eye conditions that can affect your babies and how you can treat them. Fortunately, there are some treatments that you can buy in an online baby store, among other establishments.
Blocked Tear Duct
This is a condition that is characterized by a discharge of fluid from their eyes that glues both their eyelashes and their eyes together.
So, what causes this? Well, when the baby is still inside the mother’s womb, the tissue that is located inside the tear duct peels off and may leave a hollow core in the process. This is a natural thing that should happen to healthy babies.
However, there are some cases that this process doesn’t happen and as a result, it remains in place, thus blocking the duct.
How do you treat this? Well, you can use a warm and wet cloth to slowly and gently clean the eyes whenever there is a fluid discharge.
Typically, a blocked duct can still open on its own and the fluid discharge will just go away slowly over time. If this blocked duct continues to discharge fluid after your baby has reached 18 months old, they may require surgery to have it removed.
This condition can also affect adults and its primary symptoms include tired and bloodshot eyes. Their eyelids may become swollen and it may even produce a goopy discharge as well.
Pinkeye is a condition that is caused by either a bacteria or a virus. If it is caused by a virus, you can just wait 3-5 days and the condition can be relieved on its own. If the condition was caused by bacteria, they can be sent back to school in less than 48 hours.
For treating this condition, you can use a clean warm and wet cloth after which, you should apply a cold compress to reduce the swelling. Some doctors will prescribe antibiotic eyedrops if the condition was due to bacterial infection.
Sty is a bacterial infection of the glands that are in the eyelids. It can be seen as a small pimple either on the top or bottom of your baby’s eyelid that may look red and tender.
Treating this is very simple. All you need to do would be to apply a warm compress on the affected eyelid a couple of times a day. If the condition gets worse, you may need to go to your baby’s doctor as they may prescribe an ointment or some antibiotic drops depending on the severity of the condition.