Preschool (3-5 Years)
Your child’s eye is puffy, reddish-pink and oozing. Maybe the eyelid is even swollen and misshapen. It looks like it hurts, but your child says her eye is itchy and feels gritty inside.
Chances are you are looking at a classic case of conjunctivitis. Also known as “pinkeye,” conjunctivitis is an infection of the clear membrane that covers the white part of your child’s eye and the inside of her eyelid.
More than likely, it’ll clear up in about a week. If not, a visit to the doctor and treatment with antibiotics could be necessary. But rest assured: Pinkeye is one of the most common childhood ailments – so common that nearly all children and adults get it at some point. It’s more of an annoyance and disruption to your schedule than a serious health hazard.