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How to Tell If Your Newborn Baby Has An Eye Infection

pediatric eye careBeing the parent, especially a first time parent, to a newborn baby is enough to make anyone feel anxious all of the time. Not only are you likely waking up in the middle fo the night just to make sure they are still breathing, but you are likely concerned with even the smallest sign of a virus or scratch on their skin. However, when it comes to your newborn baby’s eyes, it can sometimes be hard to decipher between normalcies and an actual eye infection. Read on to learn more.

Is it Just Tear Ducts?

If your newborn baby has a creamish fluid that builds up around one or both of their eyes, you may be worried that they have some sort of eye infection. However, most newborn baby’s tear ducts haven’t fully developed when they are born, which causes that very same colored fluid to form. What do you do about it? Simply take a warm washcloth or cotton pad and gently wipe away the fluid.

Is it Actually an Infection?

Eye infections in babies typically manifest themselves by being extremely inflamed (or even swollen shut), really red, and a large amount of pus exuding from the tear ducts. If you notice any or all of these symptoms in your newborn baby, contact your pediatrician or Dr. Steve Thom’s office right away in order to schedule an appointment. During the appointment, the doctor will take a flashlight pen in order to look into your child’s eye(s) to better analyze just how bad the inflammation and redness is.

How are eye infections treated?

Just as with an adult, eye infections are typically treated with an antibiotic eye drop. Although you might be intimidated by the idea of placing eye drops into your newborn’s eyes, it’s actually quite easy. Because newborns sleep a lot, it’s easiest to simply place a drop or two in the inner corner of the eye and then when they open their eyes, the drops will go into them.

If you are worried that your newborn baby may have an eye infection, contact Dr. Steve Thom’s office to learn more or to schedule an appointment.


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