Toddler (2-3 Years)

Your toddler’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 their 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.

Pinkeye usually clears up in about a week, though you might consult your doctor if your child has bacterial pinkeye (see below). In this case, antibiotics may be necessary to clear up the infection. But rest assured: Pinkeye is one of the most common childhood ailments – so common that most people get it at some point during childhood or as an adult. It’s really more of an annoyance than a serious health hazard.

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