The problem we are taking about is usually caused by the virus infection, which is generally a bit more dangerous than the bacterial infection. Viruses can also cause eye infection and when this happens, problem called pink eye or conjunctivitis is created. Babies are more prone to an eye infection if the they are suffering from a cold. Blocked tear ducts, eye injuries, pollen, smoke, dust and some chemicals found around the house can cause the eye infection problem. Redness and swelling of an eye can be caused by the use of some eye drops. Baby can receive the problem of STDs from a mother and this can lead to the pink eye problems. This can happen but is happens very rarely. Some complication can arise if the problem is not treated, but there is no reason for this, since the problem is easily treatable if the treatment is conducted promptly.
Some of the most common problems experienced during the eye infection are swollen eyelids, water eyes, puffy eyelids, eyelids and white part of eye redness. These were the symptoms associated with viral eye infection. Bacterial infection causes yellow discharge and stuck or matted eyelids plus the symptoms associated with the viral infection. Be careful with eye infections since they are contagious, both viral and bacterial. It is important to distinguish viral and bacterial infection and we will help you to do this. A problem of a blocked eye duct causes protrusion near the nose and under the eyelid, yellow or white discharge, reddened skin and watery eyes. Tearing, bump filled with pus on the eyelid or on the edge are associated with eye sty. Problem called chalazion causes a bump located further on the eye edge then the sty and it is also bigger. This bump causes pain and it is firm and small.
Bacterial conjunctivitis causes the yellow discharge crusts, watery eyes, swollen/red eyelids and red/pink eyes. Problems such as reddened/swollen/irritated eyes, watery discharge, tearing, common cold and crusty eyes are symptoms of viral conjunctivitis. Blepharitis causes eyelashes growth in opposite direction, eyelashes loss, dry/tearing eye, crusty look of the eyelids and itchy/swollen eyelids. Allergic conjunctivitis produces problems such as cold symptoms, itchy/bloodshot eyes, swollen/teary/red eyes and allergies that are common among the family members. Swollen lower or upper eyelids, fever, tearing, problems with opening eyes are associated with periorbital cellulitis.
The problem needs the treatment that is appropriate, so you need to find a proper cause. If the problem is caused by viral infection, you should wait a week or two since the problem should recede after this period. The baby may experience some pain, it may have problems with eating and also have sleeping problems. Try to wash an eye with warm water or breast milk, which should be just put in the corners of an eye. Eye drops are not needed for a viral infection. This problem is mildly contagious, unlike bacterial, which is highly contagious. For a bacterial infection drops are needed and since it is contagious, wash and use separately every item the baby touches, towels and such. Try to maintain a good hygiene, since this should help with the problem of an eye infection.