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Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is the medical term used to describe inflammation of the eye. It is a very common eye infection and usually affects both eyes, although the infection can be localised to one eye and then spread to the other. It is not usually a serious problem although it can be very uncomfortable.
The part of eye which becomes inflamed is known as the conjunctiva, which are the mucous membranes covering the white of the eyes and the inner side of the eyelids.
Conjunctivitis is extremely infectious and you should take great care to wash your hands before and after you care for your child. You should keep his clothes, towels, and bedding separate from everyone else’s. You should also put them in a separate wash.If your baby or toddler attends a crèche then you should check to see if he will be allowed to attend while he has symptoms. Some crèches will allow attendance after 24 hours of treatment.
It’s important to treat conjunctivitis in your child’s eyes so making an appointment with this G.P. is a good idea.
Learn more about the symptoms of conjunctivitis.