Conjunctivitis is a common eye condition in children. It is characterized by redness of an eye due to inflammation of the conjunctiva which is an outer membrane that covers the surface of the eye. It is very common for parents to seek treatment for this condition even though in several cases, conjunctivitis is a self-limiting condition. Conjunctivitis can affect one or both eyes. It can be caused by:
The symptoms of conjunctivitis in babies may include:
It is common for babies to get this condition during an episode of a cold. Even though it can be difficult to differentiate between different types of conjunctivitis, taking a medical history and description of the symptoms can help with diagnosis.
The risk of conjunctivitis spreading can be lessened by:
Treatment for Conjunctivitis
Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic used for the treatment of conjunctivitis. This is available as:
Both eye ointment and eye drops are pharmacy-only medications. Both forms of Chloramphenicol are available as branded or generic products. Chloramphenicol eye ointment and eye drops are licensed for children aged two years and over. A doctor or another qualified prescriber may prescribe Chloramphenicol to babies or toddlers under the age of 2.
How frequent is Chloramphenicol Eye Drops used?
Follow the instructions given for the administration of eye drops. The approved dose for Chloramphenicol Eye Drops:
Other relevant information about the eye drops:
How frequent is Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment used?
The Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment is applied by pulling down the lower eyelid of the baby in the space between the lower eyelid and the eye. The recommended dose for Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment is:
Other relevant information about Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment:
Sometimes patients might choose to use Chloramphenicol Eye Drops during the day and the Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment at night before going to bed. Serious side effects of hypersensitivity to Chloramphenicol both eye drops or ointment have been reported. Symptoms of such a reaction may include facial rash, swelling, or fever.