Conjunctivitis refers to the inflammation
of the outer covering of the eye, the conjunctiva. Your baby's eyes will
look red and feel itchy and sore. First, check to see if there is a foreign
object in the eye. If there is not, and the eye still looks red and waters
a great deal, take your child to the doctor who may prescribe antibiotics.
Keep the eye covered with a small pad of cotton wool held in place with
Foreign body in the Eye
Often an eyelash or a grain of sand
goes into your child's eye. If you can see the object, wash your hands
and try to remove it by wiping the eye with a moist cotton ball. Another
way is to ask someone to hold the baby still while you pour a stream of
tepid water into her eye to wash out the offending object. You can also
try to pull the upper lid down over the lower lid for a few seconds.
Corrosive substance in the Eye
When this happens, you must flush
out the toxic substance immediately. Hold your baby's eye open with your
fingers and wash her eye out by pouring lukewarm water into it for about
15 minutes. If only one of her eyes has been affected, position her head
in such a way that the tainted water does not run into her unaffected eye.
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