Baby eye discharge, or “sleep” in your eyes, is a mix of mucus, oil, skin cells and other debris that builds up in the corner of your eye while you sleep. It can be damp and sticky or dry and crusty, depending on how much of the liquid in the discharge has actually evaporated.
This Care Guide Covers
- Yellow or green discharge (pus) in the eye
- Typically triggered by a bacterial eye infection
See Other Care Guide If
- No pus in eye.
- Main symptom is itchy eyes.
Causes of Baby Eye Swelling and Pus Discharge
- Bacterial Conjunctivitis. This is a bacterial infection of the eye. The main symptom is eyelids stuck with pus after sleep. Can be present in 1 or both eyes. A few infections can cause pus in the eyes, however most don’t.
- Viral Conjunctivitis. This is a viral infection of the eyes. Main symptom is pinkness of the white parts of the eyes. The eyes are also watery. Most often, there is no pus. Normally on both sides.
- Normal Discharge. A percentage of dry things just in the corner of the eye. It may not even be pus. A collection of mucus can be cream colored. Often due to an irritant that got in the eye from dirty hands. Needs no treatment except cleaning it away with warm water.
- Obstructed Tear Duct. Present in 10% of newborns. Main symptom is a consistent watery eye. Tears fill the eye and diminish the face. This occurs even when not weeping. The eye is not red and the eyelid is not swollen. The wet eye may get secondary infections. This will cause the eyelids to end up being matted with pus.
- Foreign Body (Object) in Eye (Major). Small particles such as sand, dirt or sawdust can be blown into the eyes. The grit typically gets stuck under the upper eyelid. If not gotten rid of, the eye responds by producing pus. The primary idea is an eye infection that does not respond to antibiotic eyedrops. Older children suffer feeling something in the eye.
- Eyelid Cellulitis (Serious). This is a deep infection of the eyelid and tissues around it. The main symptom is a red, swollen, very tender eyelid. The eye can be swollen shut. Normally just on one side. This can be a problem of bacterial conjunctivitis. The eye infection spreads out inward. More frequently this is brought on by an ethmoid sinus infection. That type occurs without any pus in the eye.
Symptoms of Baby Eye Swelling and Pus Discharge
- Yellow or green discharge or pus in the eye
- Dried pus on the eyelids and eyelashes
- The eyelashes are most likely to be stuck together after sleep
- The whites of the eye may or may not be red or pink
- The eyelids are frequently puffy
Go back to School
- Your child can go back to school when the pus is a percentage. Antibiotic eye drops must be used for 24 Hr before returning.
When To Call Your Doctor
Call Your Doctor Now (night or day) If
- Eyelid is extremely red or really swollen
- Vision is blurred
- Eye pain and more than moderate
- Fever over 104 ° F( 40 ° C).
- Age under 12 weeks old with fever. (Caution: Do NOT offer your baby any fever medication prior to being seen.)
- Your child looks or acts very ill.
- You believe your child needs to be seen, and the issue is immediate.
Call Your Doctor Within 24 Hr If
- Pus in the eye, but none of the symptoms above. Factor: You may require antibiotic eyedrops to treat it.
- Utilizing antibiotic eye drops over 3 days and pus is still there.
Care Suggestions for Pus In the Eye
1. What You Need to Know About Bacterial Eye Infections:
- Bacterial eye infections are common with colds.
- They react to home treatment with antibiotic eye drops which require a prescription.
- They are not hazardous to vision.
- Until you get some antibiotic eye drops, here is some guidance that needs to help.
2. Get rid of Pus:
- Eliminate all the dried and liquid pus from the eyelids. Use warm water and wet cotton balls to do this.
- Do this whenever pus is seen on the eyelids.
- Also, eliminate the pus before the antibiotic eye drops are put in. Reason: They will not work if you don’t.
- The pus can spread infection to others. So, dispose of it carefully.
- Wash your hands well after any contact with the pus.
3. Antibiotic Eye Drops: How to Use
- For a cooperative child, carefully take down on the lower lid. Put 1 drop inside the lower lid. Then ask your child to close the eye for 2 minutes. Reason: So the medication will enter the tissues.
- For a child who will not open his eye, have him rest. Put 1 drop over the inner corner of the eye. If your child opens the eye or blinks, the eye drop will stream in. If he does not open the eye, the drop will gradually permeate into the eye.
4. Contact Lenses:
- Children who wear contact lenses have to switch to glasses for a while.
- Factor: To avoid damage to the cornea.
- Disinfect the contacts prior to using them again.
- Discard them if they are disposable.
5. Return to School:
- Your child can go back to school when the pus is a percentage.
- Antibiotic eye drops must be used for 24 hours prior to returning.
- The antibiotic eye drops can be used for other member of the family. Use only if they establish the very same symptoms.
6. What to Anticipate:
- With treatment, the yellow discharge should clean up in 3 days.
- The red eyes may last up to a week.
7. Call Your Doctor If:
- Eyelid gets red or swollen.
- Your child becomes worse.
Remember! Contact your doctor if your child develops any of the “When to Call” symptoms.