How and what to treat conjunctivitis in the newborn

Category Ophthalmology | August 12, 2017 17:53


  • Causes Symptoms Treatment
  • Common Errors

inflammation of the eyes, accompanied by pus and mucus - a problem which affects people of all ages.The risk group most likely to be infants.

How and what to treat conjunctivitis in the newborn and how the disease is dangerous?

time to detect the problem, do not be too hard to deal with it.


As in other cases of neonatal conjunctivitis - inflammation which affects the mucous membrane of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids.In infants, the disease can also be accompanied by souring with copious pus.Contact infection in the body - a common cause of conjunctivitis.Depending on the type of pathogen distinguish viral, chlamydial, bacterial, fungal and allergic forms.Very often the disease develops immediately after birth of the baby.This is primarily due to the transmission of infection from mother to child or from improper care of the newborn.


Determine conjunctivitis in the newborn is not difficult.The in

fection is usually accompanied by pronounced symptoms:

  • redness of the eyelids;
  • edema of the eyes;
  • tear;
  • Itching;
  • Bonding age of the child;
  • Excessive secretion of mucus and pus.

kid suffering from conjunctivitis, is restless, constantly crying and pulled handles to the eyes.


Many parents are wondering how to treat conjunctivitis in the newborn, and whether it is necessary to deal with this problem?Ophthalmologists believe that the neglect of infectious eye diseases, while including conjunctivitis, can lead to the defeat of the deeper layers of the eye, on the background of what may develop keratitis (corneal inflammation).In the matter than to treat conjunctivitis in the newborn, doctors choose medical drugs.

They allow not only to get rid of the unpleasant symptoms and alleviate the condition of the child, but also to destroy the center of pathogens.List of drugs and their dosage regimen should be appointed strictly attending physician based on the age of the child and forms of the disease.Self-medication in this case, can only exacerbate the condition of the baby.But before to treat conjunctivitis in the newborn drugs need to clean the eyes of clusters of pus and mucus.The procedure is as follows age:

  • Prepare antiseptic solution based furatsilina, potassium permanganate, chamomile broth or strong black tea;
  • Dip a cotton ball in the liquid, lightly press;
  • Wipe the patient eyes from the outer corner to the inner;
  • Repeat 2-3 times until the allocation will not be completely removed;
  • After that, you can use anti-inflammatory drops or ointment.

Often you can hear tips "experienced" moms that effectively rinsed bloodshot eyes baby breast milk.However, this procedure is likely only harm a child than to help get rid of the problem.Proteins, fats and carbohydrates that are part of mother's milk - the ideal environment for the development of pathogenic organisms.Bury your eyes should be carried out on a clear pattern.Usually, doctors recommend to use the eye drops in the following order: 7-8 times a day for a week, then 5-6 times a day for 4-5 days and then 2-3 times a day until complete recovery.

Common Errors

How to treat conjunctivitis in the newborn - at home or in the hospital - is dependent on the flow of infection form, severity of the disease and related health problems.Not all parents are adequately assess the seriousness of the situation, while others are due to inexperience make a lot of mistakes in the treatment of children's conjunctivitis.To the unpleasant symptoms ceased to disturb your baby as soon as possible, try to follow these guidelines:

  • Do not hesitate to visit a doctor.Qualified inspection ophthalmologist will allow to accurately determine the cause of the problem and prescribe the most effective treatment;
  • Discard the familiar advice.What has helped them, it may be useless in your situation, and time will be irretrievably lost;
  • With care use folk remedies treatment to avoid allergic reactions.