Reddened eyes, inflamed eyelids, secretions, itching and foreign body sensation in the eyes. If your child complains of these symptoms, it is good to know that he most likely has conjunctivitis. This is a common disorder, characterized by inflammation of the conjunctiva (membrane covering the outer part of the eyes).
Types of conjunctivitis
The most common types of conjunctivitis are:
But there are still gonococcal conjunctivitis, which can manifest in newborns if the mother is infected with gonococcus, and if the birth occurred naturally. Gonococcal conjunctivitis occurs in the first days of life, and requires treatment under the supervision of the physician.
Other types of conjunctivitis can often be disorders that do not pose major problems, whether they occur in children or adults. However, even in these cases, it is important that the diagnosis be made by a doctor, both in order to be certain that it is conjunctivitis, as well as to determine its type. Depending on this, and the severity of the manifestations, the doctor may give adequate treatment (for example, bacterial conjunctivitis may require an antibiotic, but in the other types the antibiotic is contraindicated).
Natural remedies for conjunctivitis
In mild cases of conjunctivitis (which does not require antibiotic or antihistamines - recommended for allergic conjunctivitis), parents wishing to avoid chemicals in pharmacies can try in the first and various days natural remedies.
Although not verified by medical studies, they have often been used successfully in the people. Treatment should be done in both eyes because conjunctivitis is highly contagious, even if the manifestation is only one.
So here are some natural remedies for conjunctivitis (do not forget to always have your hands clean when handling and applying them):
Due to its antimicrobial properties, which have been discovered since ancient times, honey can relieve the symptoms of conjunctivitis. In order to use it for this purpose, you need to combine it with a little water. Specifically, put a quarter teaspoon of honey in a quarter cup with distilled water (or boil 5 minutes and chill); An optional salt powder can also be added. Then, with a clean pipette, put 1-2 drops of this solution into each eye, every few hours.
Compressed with yellow tea or chamomile tea
Prepare a tea of yellow or chamomile (let it infuse for about 15 minutes), and after it has cooled it squeeze it well and wipe the eyes with compresses soaked in it, several times a day. Use a different compress for each eye, and make sure that the movement is from the inner corner of the eye (near the nose) to the outer corner. Yellowberries and chamomile are medicinal plants recognized for their anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
About some antibodies in breast milk is believed to prevent the bacteria that cause it bacterial conjunctivitis to develop on the conjunctiva. With a clean pipette put a few drops of breast milk on the surface of the eye and lift the eyelid so that it penetrates well everywhere. Repeat the procedure three times a day for several days.
Apart from these remedies, for the unpleasant symptoms of a conjunctivitis to be more easily tolerated, you can use compresses with boiled and cold (or even warm) water. But be careful not to keep the compress on your eyes for a long time so as not to favor the proliferation of microbes.
When you get alarmed
In certain situations, conjunctivitis can become severe, and the natural remedies for this condition may not help. Here's when you should be alarmed and go to the drug treatment recommended by the specialist:
• the symptoms persist after a few days or they worsen;
• sensitivity to light appears;
• moderate or severe pain occurs in the eyes;
• the vision becomes blurred.
Prevention of conjunctivitis
First of all, to prevent contamination of other children from your child it is advisable to keep him at home for a few days, especially since the little ones often forget to follow the hygiene rules, which would prevent it from spreading normally. This is especially true in cases of bacterial conjunctivitis or viral conjunctivitis, which are highly contagious.
If it is bacterial conjunctivitis and you treat it with antibiotic, two days of isolation are sufficient, and if it is viral conjunctivitis, 3-5 days are indicated.
Secondly, to minimize the risk of your child's illness, he insists that he keep the following hygiene rules in mind:
• not to touch his eyes if he is not clean on his hands;
• use a clean towel when wiping the face;
• not to use the towels of others;
• not to sleep on the pillows of others.
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