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My child has a sore eyelid

My child has a sore eyelid



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Ouch! this morning he wakes up with funny eyes. He rubs them, visibly embarrassed. It has a pimple or lashes on itchy dandruff. Blepharitis, stye, chalazion? Should you worry?

He has irritated eyelids: a blepharitis

  • Your child has dandruff in the eyelashes. He has red and somewhat grainy eyelids. It is an inflammation of the eyelids, called blepharitis. It affects more often children with a skin problem, such as eczema or allergy.

What has to be done

  • If your child accepts it, put boiling water in a bowl and ask him to stand over it. Steam softens the scales and is removed with a moist compress. If he is reluctant, use compresses of warm water to unclog his eyelashes. Attention, always one compress per eye to prevent the spread of germs. Then massage the eyelid with a specific gel prescribed by your doctor or sweet almond oil. This care is sufficient most often.

He has a small ball on the eyelid: a chalazion

  • No hesitation possible, this is a chalazion. Inflammation due to engorgement of a sebum gland. It is manifested by a small hard ball under the skin, usually painless.

What has to be done

  • Again, intervene as quickly as possible to prevent this ball from becoming encysted. Clean the eyelid with a compress of warm water and then massage it with sweet almond oil to unclog the gland while waiting to consult. The ophthalmologist will prescribe an ointment containing corticosteroids. Thus treated the chalazion will disappear in 8 to 10 days. If a ball persists, the specialist may need to make a small incision inside the eyelid to extract the gland. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia.

It has a button on the edge of the eyelid: a stye

  • You see a pimple on your child's eyelid, flush with the eyelashes. This red ball, sometimes painful, is a stye : an infection of the follicle of the eyelash, often due to staphylococcus.

What has to be done

  • Above all do not press on this abscess, even if you see a point of pus in the center. Your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic ointment to apply on the eyelid. The stye will ripen in 4 to 5 days, then empty and disappear.

Mom's words

"Any baby, Titouan already had dry skin, redness and contact allergies.The pediatrician had diagnosed eczema.At 4 years, Titouan had outbreaks of blepharitis.The doctor advised me to clean his eyes after the bath so that small skins come off easily and apply sweet almond oil.With his care, we avoided corticosteroid ointments.Today Today Titouan is 7 years old and everything is fine. Gwänaelle, mother of Titouan, 7 years old.

Elisabeth Tzimakas with the collaboration of Dr. Sylvie Berthemy-Pellet, ophthalmologist.