How Serious is Pink Eye In Babies? - LANSIER

How Serious is Pink Eye In Babies?

Pink eye (also known as conjunctivitis) is a common eye condition that can occur at any age. Though babies can develop runny, goopy eyes for a number of reasons, pink eye isn’t very common – only about 2% of babies develop pink eye during their first month of life.

When it does occur, pink eye is often due to infections acquired during childbirth. In older babies, conjunctivitis is often caused by cold viruses or bacteria that live on the skin or irritants in the eye.  Most cases of pink eye in babies are self-limited or easily treated, but in rare instances the infection can spread and be life threatening.

Here’s what you need to know about pink eye in infants and when to seek medical care.

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