Pediatric Eye Infections
Pediatric eye infections cause the eye or eyes to become inflamed and irritated. The most common pediatric eye infection is conjunctivitis (pink eye), which is when the white part of the eye (conjunctiva) and inner eyelids become inflamed.
Eye infections are widespread among children, especially at schools, daycares and on the playground. The most common pediatric eye infection is conjunctivitis, which is when the white part of the eye (conjunctiva) and inner eyelids get inflamed, causing the child to have red, swollen eyes with mucus discharge.
Pediatric eye infections are typically caused by the same bacteria and viruses as a cold, flu, ear infection, sore throat or sinus infection. Eye infections can spread rapidly in a classroom or daycare setting, when children with germs on their hands frequently touch or rub their eyes. Newborns can get eye infections from bacteria in the birth canal, which is why all newborns receive antibiotic ointment in their eyes immediately after birth.
Symptoms for pediatric eye infections include:
- Dry eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Pus or mucus discharge