Parents want to know everything when it comes to health and safety of their child. And getting to see a sudden red bump on the eyelid of your little one can take you by surprise. Well, do not get worked up about it as it could just be a minor irritation and can be treated with some home remedies as well.
However, it always helps to have a complete knowledge about any medical condition that your child might face. If your child has sty, reading further will help you identify its symptoms in your baby or toddlers.
What Is A Baby Sty?
A Sty is a painful and red bump that can occur on the upper or lower eyelid of your baby.
- Sty can also occur on the inside or outside of the eyelid; it can also be found on the edge of the eyelid or on the eyelashes as well.
- In this article, we will also try and equip you with enough information about the symptoms and the causes of sty. Then, in a situation where your intervention is needed, you can handle it with ease and calmness.
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Causes Of Sty In Babies:
A sty or a red bump below the eyelid is often known as a chalazion that will disappear on its own in a week’s time.
- A major cause of a sty is the infection of the oil glands amongst the eye lashes.
- The infection is usually caused by a bacteria and one of the common forms of such bacteria that causes a sty is Staphylococcus aureus.
- A sty does not need an immediate medical attention; however, if it lingers on for more than two weeks, we recommended that you go for an expert medical advice.
Symptoms Of Sty In Babies:
Stys may be painful for your baby as they pus filled bumps or boils.
- More than the pain, the baby gets irritated due to presence of the boil as he or she feels as though there is a particle or a thing lying on or under the eyelid.
- At times, you may also notice a white or a yellow discharge from the bump and this might make the eyelid of your baby a little crusty.
- The best news is, sty will get cured on its own within a week’s time.
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How To Treat A Sty In Baby Eye?
Usually stys are supposed to go away on their own in a week’s time. Also, they will open up on their own and the excess oil will ooze out. However, you can make things easier for your baby by keeping his or her eyes clean.
Here are a few steps that will help you maintain a good eye care routine in case your baby develops a sty:
1. Warm Water Soak:
Soak a clean towel in warm water. After draining the excess water from the towel, place it on your baby’s eyes.
- Repeat this process several times a day; it will help the oil in the bump to liquefy, which will eventually come out thereby curing the sty.
- Also, ensure that the water is not too hot. You do not want your baby to have any more discomfort for sure.
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2. Shampoo Soak:
You can clean your baby’s eyes by using a clean cotton swab that is dipped in a solution of diluted or watered down baby shampoo.
- These baby shampoos are safe, as they are created in such a way that they do not hurt your baby’s eyes.
- You can also use an eye scrub soap that are available in leading drugstores.
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Well, the above mentioned ways will help you keep the eyes of the baby clean so that your little one feels better in case of a sty. You also need to ensure that you wash the hands of your baby often, so that he does not touch his eyes and spread the infection.
So take good care of the eyes of your little one and ensure that the sty leaves your baby sooner. Do not panic; just be there for your little one, he will be much better with you being there.
Moms, do share your experience with sty, in the section below!
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