Taking Care of Your Child’s Ears and Eyes

CONJUNCTIVITIS (PINK EYE)

Symptoms

  • redness in the whites of one or both eyes
  • gritty feeling in the eyes
  • tearing
  • sensitivity to light
  • red. swollen eyelids

Tips for relief

  • Apply warm or cold compresses to the eye several times a day.
  • Remove discharge from the eye with a moist cotton ball or a moist washcloth.
  • Ask your child’s doctor to prescribe medicated eye drops.
  • To administer eye drops have your child lie down with eyes closed. Put a drop in the inner corner of the eye.
  • When the child opens the eye, the drop will run in.

Call the doctor If…

  1. there’s pain, blurring or loss of vision that doesn’t go away with blinking.
  2. there’s a thick, greenish-yellow discharge coming from the eye.
  3. the eye doesn’t improve in two or three days.

STIES

Symptoms

  • redness and swelling resembling a pimple on the edge of the eye
  • a gritty feeling in the eye
  • the eye is sensitive to the touch

Tips for relief

  • Apply warm compresses to the eye for 10 minutes, five or six times each day until the sty comes to a head and drains.
  • Don’t squeeze a sty.
  • Don’t rub or put ointments on the eye.

Call the doctor If…

  1. the sty doesn’t improve after a few days, or It gets worse.
  2. the size of the area of redness spreads to the whole eyelid.
  3. your child’s vision is affected.

EARACHES AND INFECTIONS

Ear pain can be caused by: congestion from a cold or allergies, changes in altitude, or infection of the middle ear

Tips for relief for relief

  • Have your child stand upright, or if sleeping, prop her head up to help the ear canals drain.
  • For pain relief, apply heat to the outer ear with a warm towel or heating pad.
  • Give your child acetaminophen every four to six hours for pain relief.
  • Have your child swallow, yawn or chew gum.
  • Use an over-the-counter decongestant or nose drops to clear the congestion.
  • Use cotton balls coated with petroleum jelly to keep inner ears dry while bathing.

Call the doctor If…

  1. a severe earache lasts more than one hour, or any earache lasts more than 24 hours.
  2. an infant or young child repeatedly rubs or pulls his ear.
  3. the child also has a fever, headache and stiff neck.

SWIMMER’S EAR

Symptoms pain in the ear itching or a feeling of fullness in the ear pain that increases with chewing or wiggling the earlobe discharge from the ear and hearing loss

Tips for relief

  • Check the ear for foreign objects or insects.
  • Use over-the-counter eardrops containing alcohol to dry the ear canal.
  • Use cotton balls coated with petroleum jelly to keep inner ears dry while bathing.
  • For pain relief, apply heat to the outer ear with a warm towel or heating pad.
  • Give your child acetaminophen every four to six hours for pain relief.

Call the doctor If….

  1. symptoms continue after five days of home treatment.
  2. the earache follows a cold.
  3. there’s discharge from the ear.
  4. the ear canal is swollen or red.
  5. your child has a high or persistent fever.
  6. discharge that causes the eyelids to stick together during sleep

 

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