Babies are quite fragile and because of this fragility that they are susceptible to various conditions due to environmental factors.
Your baby may be affected by some common eye conditions and in today’s article, I will talk about some of them so that you will be aware and so that you will know how to treat them.
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Things that You Need to Know About Eye Infections
Since your newborn is still developing their immune systems, they are highly susceptible to bacterial or viral infections. That being said, they are prone to contracting colds and that may also lead to an eye infection as well.
Some of the most common eye infections include pinkeye and Sty. Pinkeye, also known as Viral Conjunctivitis, is a condition that is characterized by the redness of the white part of your baby’s eyes, puffy eyelids, and even watery eyes as well.
It can either be caused by a virus or bacteria and if it is caused by the latter, it may also give off a yellow discharge from both of their eyes. If this discharge is not cleaned or removed, it may result in their eyelids being stuck together.
How to Treat Babies that Suffer from Eye Infections?
The good thing about the common eye infections that can affect your baby is that you can easily treat them using warm water and a cotton ball or wet cloth. It is best that you keep your baby’s eyes clean so that you will dramatically decrease the chance of them getting a bacterial infection on their eyes.
In fact, there are some optometrists that will say that you can even use breastmilk to clean the sides of their eyes as well. The thing that you have to know is that, for the most part, your baby’s body will be able to clean and fix itself up without the need for any medication. If your baby contracts one of these common eye conditions, you will rarely need any eye drops to treat them.
Just by cleaning the affected area a couple of times a day and waiting for a couple of days after, they can go back to their normal selves in a short while.
However, if your baby happens to give off a yellow discharge from the eyes, then that would require medication or treatment and you may have to confer with an optometrist to get the necessary treatments.
It is a good idea to bring your baby to an optometrist before they reach six months of age. That being said, there are other eye conditions that can possibly affect your baby.
Uncoordinated eyes are a condition where your baby’s eyes may not be well-coordinated during their first few months. Naturally, it will not require any treatment or intervention, but if it persists for a few months after they reach three months of age, then you will need to seek an optometrist.
In some cases, your baby’s eyes may produce more tears than usual and it may be due to a blocked duct. Again, this will not require any intervention, but if the condition persists well beyond 18 months of age, then you will need to seek medical attention.