How Much Do You Know About Children Blepharitis?

Q:

How much do you know about children blepharitis?

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We all know that blepharitis is a common and sometimes long-lasting condition that usual affects adults, but also can occur in children.

Early symptoms:

Most children with blepharitis will have repeated episodes and then have long periods of time with no symptoms until they outgrow the problem. A child may be more at risk for blepharitis if he or she has:

  • Seborrheic dermatitis,  a skin condition that causes a rash and flaking, scaling skin
  • Not enough tears on the eyes (dry eye)

Symptoms tend to affect both eye including:

  • Itchy, sore red eyelids
  • Crists and debris on the eyelashes
  • A burning, gritty sensation in the eyes
  • Sensitivity to bright lights
  • Red eyes

Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child. But mostly they can include:

  • Redness and scales at the edges of the eyelids
  • Burning feeling in and around the eyes
  • Fluid seeping from the eyelids

You may also notice your child rubbing his or her eyes.

If your child develops these symptoms, he/she should be seen by an ophthalmologist. Lid hygiene will be adviced and oral antibiotics and steroid drops may be prescribed.

Once your child has been diagnosed, you must know treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is. Severe cases of blepharitis may need to be treated by an eye doctor.

Generally, treatments may include:

  • Rubbing your child’s eyelids gently to remove the crusts. Use a different clean washcloth for each eye.
  • Putting antibiotic ointment on the eyes.  The ointment may help to stop the infection from spreading to other parts of the eyes, or treat a secondary infection.
  • Applying warm, moist compresses to your child’s eyes for 15 minutes at a time several times a day.
  • Having your child wash his or her hands.
  • Telling your child not to rub his or her eyes

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.