6 Things to Know About Conjunctivitis in Children (pink eye)

Conjunctivitis might be commonly known as pinkeye, but that does not mean that it always presents with redness of the eye so pinkeye might actually be a misnomer in many cases. It is a condition that can spread like wildfire. Even if you have had it before, don’t be tempted to self diagnose. It is essential that you seek medical attention whenever you suspect that you might have pinkeye. The reason for this is that only a licensed medical professional can provide you with a proper diagnosis.

Although people of all ages can get pinkeye, it is more common in children. This is especially the case in settings like daycares since they tend to be filled with children in a closed in environment with multiple surfaces that can spread pinkeye. The fact is, even if you refuse to admit it, kids are kind of gross and most have no understanding of proper hygienic practices. Keep reading to learn about what you should know about pinkeye (and what to keep your eye on).

It Usually Looks Worse Than it Feels

Although it is often not a pretty sight, and can cause some people to panic, more often than not pink eye looks much worse than it is. Therefore, it is recommended that you do not panic, although this may be hard to do if you go to check on your little one and you find them with red, pussy eyes. In the end, what good can that do anyways? In children who are not yet speaking, indicators that they may be experiencing pain include excessive crying and/or rubbing their eyes. If your child is prescribed eye drops and you are administering them as prescribed and there does not seem to be any improvement within the first day, it might be wise to either see your doctor or set up a follow-up appointment.