Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Conjunctivitis is an infection of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) of the eye. It is commonly caused by a bacterial, viral or allergic reaction. Pink eye is contagious, therefore it is important to get treatment and to stay home for 24 hours after antibiotic drops have begun. Although pink eye is irritating, it rarely affects vision.
The frequency of getting respiratory infections is greater in children and on average a child will have three to eight colds per year. As a result, colds are the most common reason for missing school.
- Cold viruses are passed from person to person by coughing, sneezing and blowing the nose.
- The virus can be transmitted by touching an object contaminated by a cold virus and then touching the nose, eyes and mouth.
- Covering the mouth and nose when sneezing and frequent hand hand-washing are very helpful in preventing the spread of cold viruses.
- Common symptoms of the common cold are sore throat, congestion, sneezing cough, body aches, fatigue and sometimes a low grade fever.
- These symptoms can last up to 7-10 days.
It is good practice to teach your child to wash their hands. This is the best way to decrease the spread of germs. When they are young, make it fun by singing a song or practice counting.