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Conjunctivitis Care For Your Baby

Conjunctivitis Care For Your Baby

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Conjunctivitis is a bacterial, fungal or viral infection that occurs in the lining of the white of the eyelids. It is a contagious disease and easily spreads from one eye to the other and from one person to another. Therefore, adequate care is needed in case of infants and babies.

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Symptoms of Conjunctivitis.

It causes the eyes to appear pink or red.  Symptoms may include Blurred vision, increased tearing, itching of the eye, pain in the eye, itching of the eyes, redness of the eye and sensitivity to light.

Treatment of Conjunctivitis.

The doctor may prescribe antibiotic ointments or drops to cure the infection. Washing hands frequently while handling your baby or her possessions and using separate wipes for infected and non-infected eyes can prevent the spread to a large extent. Conjunctivitis takes time of about 4-5 days to clear up. If it still persists, you must consult an ophthalmologist.

Remedial steps when your baby has conjunctivitis.

Conjunctivitis can make babies very irritable and restless. It becomes essential for you to exercise great care if your baby has contracted conjunctivitis. Following precautions ensure quick recovery of your baby:

Avoid Contact: Keep your baby away from any person who has conjunctivitis. Encourage all family members to maintain cleanliness and hygiene so as to prevent the spread of infection.

Carefully Clean the Infected Eye: Wash your hands before and after, every time you handle your baby. Be extremely gentle and soft while wiping the eyes of your baby. Use a clean handkerchief or a soft tissue to do so. Use separate wipes for both eyes. Clean away pus or discharge of any kind as often as possible. Sterilize the handkerchiefs that you are using. Stop the older babies from scratching the infected eye.

Take Medical Help If Your Baby Is Uneasy: If your baby is experiencing too much discomfort, immediately inform your doctor so that your baby can be provided with some ointment or eye drop to reduce the discomfort.

Steps to prevent conjunctivitis in your baby.

Developing strong immunity: Babies’ vulnerability to all sorts of communicable infections depends largely upon the strength of their immune system. If your baby has strong resistance to disease, she can stay unaffected from a large number of infections including conjunctivitis.

Breastfeeding: Infants who are breastfed for six months tend to have high immunity because of the antibodies and immunity factors received by them from the mother’s milk. You should breastfeed your babies for as long as possible to prevent them from many such infections and diseases.

Proper nutrition: You can boost the immunity of your baby by incorporating certain nutrients like vitamin A, C, E; zinc, iron etc in the baby’s food.  These nutrients are found in abundance in green leafy vegetables, yellow and green vegetables and fruits, tomatoes, citrus fruits, whole grains and pulses, eggs, milk etc.

Manage Conjunctivitis Easily with Care.

Your baby is your lifeline. Care and precaution on your part can protect your baby from the risk of infection. Conjunctivitis is a communicable disease but following simple guidelines and observing proper hygiene and sanitation can easily prevent it.

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