Blepharitis is an infection of the eyelash follicles characterized by red and irritated eyelids, burning sensations around the eyes, and the formation of dandruff-like scales on the eyelid’s ridge. The symptoms can be especially frustrating and painful for children, but regular hygienic measures and some simple cleaning exercises can treat your child’s blepharitis and reduce the chances of reoccurrence. Severe cases, however, may need the attention of an ophthalmologist.
Make Treatment Part of Bedtime Routine
Before bedtime, it’s important to clean your child’s infected eyelids. Here are some blepharitis treatment procedures:
- To loosen crusting around the eyelid, apply a warm cloth of hot water over the child’s closed eyelids for five minutes. Gently rub the cloth over the infected area for two to three minutes.
- To clean the eyelash line, add two drops of baby shampoo to about 1/3 cup of water. Dip some cotton buds in the water and sweep across the top and bottom eyelash lines with the cotton.
- If an eye care specialist recommends it, apply antibiotic ointment with a clean finger to your margins of your child’s eyelids. This will help stop the infection from spreading to other parts of the eye area.
It’s important to continue this routine for several days after symptoms have faded to discourage a reoccurrence.
Encourage Hand Washing, Discourage Eye Rubbing
Make sure you promote frequent hand washing and instruct your child not to rub his or her eyes. Rubbing can spread the infection and irritate the existing symptoms. If your child develops a cyst or sty, or if symptoms become more intense and painful for your child, get medical attention.
The doctors at Ophthalmic Consultants of Chicago are dedicated to helping their all of their patients, young and old, to improve their vision. For more information on blepharitis, red eye, dry eyes, or Lasik eye surgery, call us today at (847) 388-0309.