How to Cure a Stye in Children
If you've noticed that your child has a small lump on their eyelid or around the eye area, on the top or bottom, it is very likely that they have a stye. Styes are normally caused by bacteria on the skin, such as staphylococcus, and it manifests causing swelling, discomfort, tearing and other symptoms. We all have bacteria on the skin, so styes are difficult to prevent and the first symptoms appear once the infection has already started.
Although this infection can occur at any age, it is a very common condition in the young. We highly recommend taking them to a paediatrician to cure it. However, it is important to have some information on the subject. Here at OneHowTo we explain you how to cure a stye in children.
Before administering any treatment to treat a stye, it is important to first recognise the symptoms to make sure that this is definitely the problem. A stye is merely an inflammation on the skin of the upper or lower eyelid that causes redness, swelling and discomfort. A small lump normally appears, very much like a spot, which has a yellowish tint due to the pus or fat inside. It also causes tearing and sensitivity to light. When these symptoms are noted, it is best to go to a paediatrician because antibiotics are normally administered to treat the infection.
To speed up the healing process of the sty in children and to reduce discomfort and inflammation, you can try the following natural treatments. Most recommended is the application of compresses soaked in warm water to the affected eyelid. You can do this three or four times a day, leaving the pad over the release the pus from inside.
Chamomile is a medicinal herb with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, so it is an excellent natural remedy to relieve discomfort caused by sty and treat inflammation. To use this plant, simply follow the above procedure but with chamomile tea, i.e. make some chamomile tea, use it to soak a compress and apply to the affected eye for several minutes.
Just make sure the chamomille tea is not too hot or it could burn your child's eye.
Styes usually disappear after a few days (3 to 7 days), but if this does not happen or your child experiences recurrent infection, you'll need to go back to the doctor to re-examine the affected eye and receive follow-up treatment.
To cure styes in children and protect eye health at all times, it is important that you take the following measures:
- In no case should you try to eliminate the stye by touching or squeezing with your fingers as this may cause the infection to escalate.
- Tell your child that they should not touch the affected area with their hands or rub; that they should leave the stye alone.
- By way of prevention, make sure that your child regularly washes their hands and is hygienic, and also washes their eyelids regularly.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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