How Conjunctivitis Affects Babies? [Part-2]
Usually antibiotics are prescribed for bacterial conjunctivitis. Especially for infants and babies, it is prescribed by a paediatrician. Antibiotics such as eye drops are prescribed for children. Chloramphenicol is prescribed for children over two years of age and also for adults. It is very effective for many bacterial infections.
Babies with milder form also require antibiotics. It is also important to keep the eye area clean, removing out any discharge from eyelashes and eyelids. The procedure is described by the pediatrician.
Do chlorsig affect babies?
Chloramphenicol is also known as chlorsig eye drops. It is not at all associated with Grey Baby Syndrome (GBS). It is a rare condition in which chloramphenicol accumulates in the body and is not able to get metabolized by the immature organs. Intravenous use of chloramphenicol can cause GBS. It is a powerful antibiotic and is used as a last resort when other treatment types do not work. It can get into the babies bloodstream when the pregnant mother is given the drug intravenously.
Usually red, sticky and swollen eyes denote some type of conjunctivitis and it is essential to diagnose it earlier. It may be a serious eye condition such as canalicuitis or congenital dacryocystitis. It can also spread to other tissues in the body.
If the baby is suffering from this condition, do not use normal eye drops. It can cause serious eye problem and even vision loss. Consult a pediatrician as soon as possible.