Conjunctivitis in Children

Conjunctivitis is inflammation (swelling and redness) of the whites of the eyes and eyelids. It may be an infection caused by a bacteria or virus, which is highly contagious or due to an allergy.

Symptoms usually develop within 1-3 days after infection.

Signs and symptoms of conjunctivitis in children

  • Sore, itchy, red, watery eyes.
  • Swollen eyelids.
  • Thick yellow discharge that may cause eyelids to stick together.
  • Inability to tolerate looking into sunlight.

See your doctor for treatment, which may include antibacterial eye drops or ointment. Conjunctivitis can last from 2 days to 3 weeks. It is contagious until the discharge from their eyes has stopped, so keep them at home during this time.

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