Call a Charlotte pediatrician at signs of pink eye
Pink eye is a common illness that most children experience at least once. While no parent wants to see their child with any type of ailment, the good news is that pink eye is not too serious. In fact, the main concern with pink eye is that it is very easy to contract.
Pink eye, medically referred to as conjunctivitis, can be caused by anything from a bacterial infection, virus, chemical agents or allergies. Although there are many over-the-counter treatments, it is smart to consult with your Charlotte pediatrician for an official diagnosis. This is especially important when the child is very young or if it is their first time displaying the symptoms. The pediatrician will be able to prescribe the treatment that will work best for your child.
Symptoms your child might have pink eye include:
- The white of the eye appearing pink or red in color
- A swollen eyelid, top or bottom
- A constantly tearing eye
- Discharge from the eye, yellow or green in color
- Your child rubbing his/her eye and complaining of burning, stinging, itching or an irritated feeling
- Crusting around the eye making it difficult to open, particularly after naptime or bedtime
As any pediatrician will tell you, pink eye is very contagious. Therefore, you may want to keep your child home from school, as well as away from siblings and other children, until given the go-ahead by the doctor.
Oftentimes, the pink eye will originate in one eye and then be transmitted to the other eye. To prevent this from happening, have your child wash his or her hands frequently, try to keep them from touching one eye and then the other eye, and use disposable towels when blotting the eyes. If the symptoms do not clear up within 72 hours, you should return to the pediatrician.