An inflamed eyelid, called blepharitis, is redness and swelling of the edges of the eyelids. It does not usually affect your child’s eyesight but can cause mild blurring that comes and goes.
Causes of an inflamed eyelid include:
Children who have dandruff or oily skin are more likely to have an inflamed eyelid.
Symptoms may include:
Your healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and activities, and examine your child’s eyes. A sample of the buildup from your child’s eyelids may be sent to a lab to check for bacteria.
Treatment involves careful washing of your child’s eyelids and lashes. Your provider will tell you how often you should clean your child’s eyelids.
Your provider may prescribe ointment or eye drops to help relieve your child’s symptoms. After washing your child’s lids and lashes, rub the ointment along the edges of your child’s eyelids. Follow your provider's instructions carefully.
In some cases, your child may need to take antibiotic pills.
You may need to follow a cleansing routine for several weeks or months:
Follow the full course of treatment prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Regular cleansing may help keep blepharitis from coming back.