Clinical Reference Systems: Pediatric Advisor 10.0
Eye Infection with Pus - Brief Version
What is an eye infection?
When your child has an eye infection, you may see:
- Yellow discharge (pus) in the eye.
- Eyelids stuck together with pus.
- Redness or pinkness of the white part of the eyes.
- Puffy eyelids.
Bacteria cause eye infections with pus. Pink eyes with no
pus are caused by a virus.
How can I take care of my child?
Clean the eye.
- Take away all pus with warm water and wet cotton
- Do this before you put in any medicine. This will
give the medicine a chance to work.
Put in eyedrops or ointment.
This kind of infection must be treated with an
antibiotic eye medicine. Your child's doctor must
- Put two drops in each eye every 2 hours while your
child is awake.
- Gently pull down on the lower lid and place the
drops inside the lower lid.
- Use the ointment just four times a day. It stays in
the eyes longer than eyedrops.
- Open the eyelids.
- Put a ribbon of ointment along the lower eyelid from
one corner of the eye to the other.
How can I prevent my child from spreading the infection?
- Give you child his own washcloth and towel.
- Wash your child's hands often.
Call your child's doctor right away if:
- The outer eyelids get very red or swollen.
- Your child's vision is blurred.
- Your child starts to act very sick.
Call your child's doctor within 24 hours if:
- The infection hasn't cleared up after you've treated it
for 3 days.
- Your child gets an earache.
- You have other concerns or questions.