You can treat your baby by bathing his eye with warm water and cotton wool to remove any crusting and to keep his eye clean. Do this a couple of times a day and make sure you wash your hands before and afterwards. You could also give your baby some over-the-counter eye drops. Ask your pharmacist for advice about which kind to buy. Your baby should get better in a few days. If the conjunctivitis doesn't clear up within a week or two weeks, or is causing your baby a lot of discomfort, take him to the doctor. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotic eye drops.Use a separate towel for your baby to reduce the chance of the infection spreading. Wash your baby's towel on a hot wash. If your baby goes to nursery, there is no reason to keep him at home, but check with the staff first. They may ask you to keep him at home until he is better.
Pinkeye really requires a trip to the pediatrician for evaluation. Antibiotic drops are used to treat cases of bacterial pinkeye.You can also use warm, moist washcloths to clear the gunk from your child's eyes. It's not uncommon for a kid with pinkeye to find her eyes glued shut in the morning. Laying a warm, moist cloth over her eyes for a few seconds can loosen the secretions enough so she can open them up. You can also use the washcloth or a clean, moist cotton ball to clear the discharge from the eye. Just remember to wipe from the inner corner to the outer corner of the eye, and be sure to use a clean cloth or cotton ball to prevent reinfection.Because pinkeye is so contagious, you'll need to keep your child home from day care until she's completed 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.