Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
Conjunctivitis is a common eye infection in children. It’s highly contagious and can cause the following symptoms:
Inflammation of the eye
· redness of the clear membrane covering the white part of the eye and inner surface of the eyelids
· yellow or green discharge from the eye
· crusty eyelashes
· itching or burning eyes
You should take your child to see a doctor if the condition doesn’t improve within hours. If it’s a viral infection, it will improve without any treatment, but if it’s a bacterial infection, it will need treatment with antibiotic eye drops.
If a child has conjunctivitis, it’s best that they try not to touch their eyes. They should also wash their hands regularly to reduce the risk of it spreading.