How to Keep Your Kids Safe from Eye Infections

How to Keep Your Kids Safe from Eye Infections

 by Rachelle Wilber

Eye infections can cause irritation and pain. It is common for children to suffer from recurring eye infections. Fortunately, eye infections in children can be prevented by taking the following steps.

Encourage Hygiene

Children are at an increased risk of developing an eye infection because they frequently rub their eyes. You should encourage your children to avoid touching and rubbing their eyes. You will also need to encourage them to wash their hands on a regular basis.

Get Dry Eye Treatment

Dry eye syndrome is a condition that occurs when the eyes cannot produce enough tears. Children who suffer from dry eyes are more likely to develop an infection. Tears help protect the eyes from infection. If your child suffers from dry eye syndrome, then an eye doctor may recommend that they use eye drops. Eye drops are an effective dry eye treatment because they keep the eyes lubricated. Additionally, using a humidifier can help prevent dry eye.

Wash Sheets on a Regular Basis

If children sleep on dirty pillowcases, sheets, and blankets, then they will be more likely to develop an eye infection. That is why it is important for you to wash the bedding at least twice a month. You will also need to make sure that your child uses clean washcloths and towels.

Avoid Contact with People Who Have Eye Infections

Certain eye infections can be contagious, such as pink eye. You should keep your child away from people who have an eye infection. If someone in your home has an eye infection, then you will need to avoid letting them share personal items with your child.

Minimize Allergens in Your Home

Allergies can cause an eye infection. You can minimize allergens by keeping the windows and doors closed on the days when the pollen count is high. You may also want to use an indoor air purifier. Furthermore, you should try to keep your home as dust-free as possible. Vacuuming, wiping down surfaces and sweeping can help minimize dust.

Eye infections can cause severe discomfort in children. Practicing good hygiene is one of the keys to preventing eye infections. If your child suffers from dry eye, then you should make sure that they get the proper treatment. You should also keep your child away from people who have eye infections and minimize exposure to allergens.

More About the Author

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber

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