Whether your child is heading back to school after a break or attending the birthday party of a friend or family member, it is a possibility that the child will come home with a case of pink eye. It is estimated that over a fourth of school days missed in a year is from children who are sent home for conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye.
Pink eye is painful and extremely contagious, so it’s important to take precautions if your child is heading out to a party where someone who has been said to have pink eye is going to be in attendance. Luckily, there are a few preventive measures you can take so that your child can have a good time and come home as healthy as when he left your loving care.
How Do Children Contract Pink Eye?
The first thing you need to know before you can prevent your child from contracting pink eye is how they get it, to begin with.
• Forgetting to wash their hands frequently
• Frequently rubbing or touching their eyes
• Reusing paper towels or handkerchiefs to wipe their face and eyes
These are the top ways that children contract pink eye, to begin with, so make sure that your children know not to do the above. In this way, you only have to worry about them catching pink eye from other children at the party that might have it.
What Are The Symptoms Of Pink Eye?
Many parents have never dealt with pink eye before and aren’t sure what the symptoms and signs are that their child has it. Below, you can find the symptoms that might point in that direction.
• Eyes that itch badly
• One or both eyes are red
• One or both eyes have a gritty feeling
• One or both eyes tearing
• When your child wakes up in the morning there is a crust on the eyes that may make them have a hard time opening them. This comes from a discharge that leaks out of the eyes overnight and causes them to crust over
While pink eye can go away on its own, it is usually best to take your child to the doctor to see exactly which type of pink eye they have contracted. There are different types.
- Allergic pink eye
- Bacterial pink eye
- Viral pink eye
According to which type of pink eye your child has contracted, your primary health care provider will be able to prescribe something that will clear up the issue for you and your little one.
Of course, the best way to treat pink eye is not to get it to begin with. So, before your kid heads out to the party he is attending, make sure to encourage him not to do the following.
- Never share tissues, handkerchiefs, or other materials used for wiping his face and eyes with his friends
- Tell him to refrain from rubbing his eyes frequently and to not touch his eyes
If your child is a preteen or teenager, remind her never to share makeup with anyone else at the party
- Do not let your child share pillows or sheets if the party is a sleepover
Remind your child to wash their hands often
These are just a few of the top ways that you can prevent your child from catching pink eye at a party, with a few symptoms thrown in to help you identify pink eye if prevention doesn’t work.