Pink eye in kids is an infection in the whites of the eyes and eyelids that can be caused by various viruses and bacteria. Conjunctivitis is the medical term for pink eye, and although painful, it is generally not a severe condition.
What Are The Different Types Of Pink Eye?
There are a few different kinds of pink eye in kids. The most common types of pink eye are:
- Viral Conjunctivitis is caused by viruses similar to those that cause other infections like sinus infections and ear infections.
- Bacterial Conjunctivitis is caused by bacterial infections similar to those that cause other illnesses.
- Allergic Conjunctivitis is caused by common allergens and may be heightened during specific seasons.
- Irritant Conjunctivitis is caused by irritants in the environment, like air pollution.
What Are The Symptoms?
The symptoms of pink eye in kids consist of:
- Pink or red eyes
- Discharge from the eye
- Children may feel like they have something in the eye, such as sand.
- Swelling of the eye and eyelid.
- Pain in the eyelid.
- Sensitivity to light.
How Is Pink Eye Diagnosed?
Pink eye can be diagnosed relatively quickly by your medical provider. This usually consists of documenting the symptoms and looking at the infected eye or eyes.
KidsStreet Urgent Care offers a multitude of urgent care services and diagnoses pink eye regularly. We want to get your kids healing and feeling better.
What Are The Treatment Options?
Some forms of pink eye will resolve on their own, but oftentimes pink eye needs to be treated with an antibiotic to aid in the healing process. Common treatment options for pink eye include:
- Medicated eye drops
How To Alleviate Some Symptoms of Pink Eye
Although medication may be required to get rid of conjunctivitis, there are home remedies to alleviate some of the symptoms. Best practices include:
- Showering in warm water.
- Cold compresses.
- Over-the-counter pain medications.
How To Reduce The Spread Of Pink Eye In Kids
Viral pink eye is highly contagious. To reduce the spread of pink eye, you should allow your child to stay home from school or other activities.
Pink eye is usually not contagious within 24 hours of starting an antibiotic, so your child should be able to return to school within 1-2 days of showing symptoms. Check with your medical provider before sending your child back to school.
If your child wears contact lenses, be sure to throw away the ones they were wearing when the infection began and put in new ones. It may be helpful for your child not to wear contact lenses until their symptoms are completely gone to avoid further irritation.
Turn To KidsStreet Urgent Care
KidsStreet Urgent Care wants to get your child healing and feeling better. With our online registration, you will be able to wait from your home or car until we are ready for you. You will receive a text notifying you to head to one of our locations, and you will have 30 minutes from receiving that text to arrive at our office and check in at the front desk.
Walk-ins are always welcome, but we highly recommend registering online as it reduces in-clinic wait times.