Can you use eye drops on babies?
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.
Can babies have eye drops for conjunctivitis?
If the conjunctivitis is caused by a bacterial infection, your baby’s doctor may offer to prescribe a short course of antibiotic eye drops.
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.
Are antibiotic eye drops safe for babies?
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 can you give a baby for pink eye?
A cool compress (like a washcloth with cool water) may help with swelling and puffiness. Your baby’s doctor may also recommend using a saline (salt) solution to help rinse out your baby’s eyes. If your newborn has pink eye caused by bacteria, the doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic.