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Conjunctivitis

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about conjunctivitis.

WHAT IS CONJUNCTIVITIS?
Conjunctivitis is commonly called “pink eye”. The eye and the inside of the eyelid generally appear pink or irritated. This happens because the thin membrane (or conjunctiva) that covers the eye and the inside of the eyelid are inflamed.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
• Pink eye/eyelid
• Sticky drainage from the eye
• Itchy or watery eye
• Eyelids matted together
• Swollen eyelids

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CHILD AT HOME
1. Use disposable tissue, not wash cloths, to wipe drainage. Discard after use.
2. Teach your child not to touch or rub his or her eyes to help prevent spreading the infection.
3. Give your child his or her own towel and wash cloth.
4. If your doctor has prescribed a medication, it is important to apply the medicine (drops or ointment) as directed.
5. Do not use the child’s medicine on anyone else’s eyes.
6. Do not touch tip of ointment or eye drop dispenser to eye as this will contaminate the medication.
7. Remember to wash your hands before and after applying the medicine or washing your child’s face or eyes. This will help prevent spreading the infection.
8. If the area around the eye becomes red, swollen or hot, or if the infection has not improved in three days, contact your doctor.
9. Remember to continue the medication even if the eye looks better. Use the medication for __________ days. Throw away any medication that you have left.

WHEN TO CALL THE DOCTOR
If the eye and the area around the eye become red, swollen or hot, or does not improve in several days, call your doctor.

PDF: Child Health Information - CONJUNCTIVITIS

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Corregido: 2000

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

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Revised: 2000

 

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