Mostly yes, if it’s just to wet the eyes or treat specific eye conditions. That said, there hasn’t been a lot of research to figure out if medicated eye drops are safe and really work for kids. Ask your child’s doctor to suggest a dosage, and follow their instructions exactly. Report any side effects right away.
Do babies need special eye drops?
Antibiotic eye drops or ointment are placed in a newborn’s eyes after birth. This is to protect babies from getting bacterial eye infections that can occur during birth. Untreated, these infections can cause serious problems including blindness. The antibiotic erythromycin is used most often.
What age can you use eye drops?
After age 10, children can try with supervision to administer the drops themselves. However, giving drops to infants and children up to age 3, as well as some older children with developmental delays, can be especially challenging and often requires restraining the child.
What can I use for my baby eye infection?
If an infection is causing the eye discharge, a doctor may prescribe topical, oral, or intravenous antibiotics. Applying a warm cloth to the infected eye can help soothe irritation and reduce swelling. Chemical irritation can also cause conjunctivitis in newborns.
Can you use saline eye drops on babies?
For newborns/infants, use saline drops to move the mucus to the front of the nose, making it easier to remove with an aspirator. Daily use of saline drops will help keep nasal passages clean and moisturized. Avoid putting cotton swabs, twisted tissues or your fingernail inside your baby’s nose.
What eye drops do they give newborns?
Newborns receive erythromycin eye ointment after birth to prevent pink eye in the first month of life, also called ophthalmia neonatorum (ON). The most common cause of ON is chlamydia, a sexually transmitted infection.
How do you get rid of conjunctivitis in babies?
Doctors may treat a newborn’s conjunctivitis with a combination of topical, and either oral, intravenous, or intramuscular antibiotics. Rinsing the newborn’s infected eye with a saline solution will remove any debris that may develop in response to the infection.
Can you use artificial tears on babies?
If your child needs drops more than 4 times a day, use artificial tears without preservatives. They may irritate the eyes less. Have your child use a lubricating eye ointment or eye gel at bedtime. These are thicker and last longer, so your child may have less burning, dryness, and itching when your child wakes up.
Can babies use Visine eye drops?
It’s safe to use once every day for itchy, watery eyes in kids 3 years old and up. We do not recommend eye drops designed to “reduce redness” (such as Visine, and others) for treating allergies in children.
What drops for dry eyes?
The most common type of prescription eye drops for dry eye is cyclosporine, which helps to treat the inflammation in your eye glands and causes your eyes to produce their own tears. Cyclosporine eye drops are sold under the brand names Restasis and Cequa.
Can I use eye drops on my 1 year old?
Mostly yes, if it’s just to wet the eyes or treat specific eye conditions. That said, there hasn’t been a lot of research to figure out if medicated eye drops are safe and really work for kids. Ask your child’s doctor to suggest a dosage, and follow their instructions exactly.
What does a baby eye infection look like?
If your baby’s eyes become red, puffy or sore, with a yellow or greenish discharge that can cause their eyelids to stick together, the eye may be infected. This is called conjunctivitis. You should always see your doctor if you think your child has an eye infection. It may need antibiotic eye drops or ointment.
How do babies get bacterial eye?
In a newborn baby:
Serious eye infections may result from exposure to bacteria during passage through the birth canal—which is why all infants are treated with antibiotic eye ointment or drops in the delivery room. Such infections must be treated early to prevent serious complications.