From the first days, a newborn needs eye care, as they are very vulnerable to various infections. Regular hygiene measures will not allow the development of eye diseases. If the baby has suppuration, then washing with water will no longer help. During this period, special solutions and drops will be required. Our article provides detailed information on caring for the eyes of a baby.

Causes of suppuration of the eyes in a newborn


Most often, infection of the eyes of a newborn occurs during childbirth, when the fetus passes through the birth canal. In order to prevent infection, for prevention, in the first hours of life, albucid or sodium sulfacyl is dripped into his eyes. It happens that this is not enough. After a few days of staying at home, the child has suppuration in the eyes. Also, the cause of purulent discharge from the eyes of the baby may lie in the following diseases:

  1. Conjunctivitis. This is the most common reason. The disease is manifested by redness, swelling of the conjunctiva. A slight increase in temperature is possible. The development of conjunctivitis can occur as a result of the influence of adenoviruses, staphylococci, streptococci on the body of the baby.

  2. Dacryocystitis. This is a blockage of the tear duct, which is not uncommon in newborns. If the protective film is not torn, a cork is formed and the development of the infectious process begins. The disease is manifested by lacrimation, swelling. If you press on the inner corner of the eye, then purulent contents are released.

  3. Allergic reaction, which is manifested by swelling, fear of light, tearing, purulent discharge from the eyes. In infants, there is a general deterioration in well-being. Usually, an allergy in a newborn is manifested by dust, animal hair, and detergents.

  4. Any infectious processes of the body. SARS, herpes, measles can lead to eye disease in a newborn, since his eyes are considered the most susceptible place for infection.

We advise you to consult a pediatric ophthalmologist if any signs appear that cause alertness in parents.

General rules for washing the eyes of a newborn

The task of the mother is to take care of the newborn, to prevent any infection from getting into his susceptible organism. Therefore, with any contact with the baby, it is important to monitor the cleanliness of your hands and clothes. Wash your hands thoroughly before washing your newborn. Hygienic treatment of the eyes of the baby is carried out twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, before night feeding and after taking a bath. For washing, you should prepare in advance:

  1. sterile cotton;

  2. boiled water cooled to room temperature or other liquid;

  3. sterile gauze.

To safely perform a hygiene procedure, swaddle your newborn well. Do not flush a sleeping baby. Otherwise, he will be afraid of touching with moisture. Procedure rules:

  1. Wash your hands well.

  2. Lay the newborn on its back.

  3. Soak a cotton ball in the eyewash solution and wring it out well.

  4. Gently dab the eye with cotton wool. The movement should be from the outer corner of the eye to the nose.

  5. Set aside the used cotton ball.

  6. Flush the child’s other eye with a new cotton ball.

  7. Blot your child’s eyes with a sterile gauze pad.

During washing, the newborn closes his eyes. Therefore, the processing takes place along the cilia of the child.

In order for washing to be effective and not harm the baby, we recommend using only boiled water to prepare the solution. The finished liquid should be at a comfortable temperature. Too cold or hot solution will increase the painful sensation, cause irritation of the cornea. If inflammation is observed in only one eye, then both eyes must be treated.

How not to harm a child with lacrimation

What not to do when washing eyes with water

Often, mothers use folk advice for washing the eyes of a newborn. Some of them can harm the baby.

  1. In no case should alcohol-based solutions be used to wash and wipe the eyes of a child. They, getting on the sensitive mucous membrane of the newborn, can cause serious burns.

  2. It is contraindicated to use oil solutions, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, brilliant green.

  3. Do not use any antiseptics that have a dye in their composition.

  4. Do not wash with bifidumbacterin, vasoconstrictor drugs, use non-sterile cotton pads, gauze, wet wipes.

Often, young mothers are advised to treat the eyes of a newborn with breast milk. The well-known pediatrician Komarovsky considers this misconception to be very harmful. Since there may be latent infections in the mother’s breast milk, which will seriously aggravate the condition of the eyes of the newborn. In addition, it is impossible to think of a better environment for the reproduction of bacteria than milk. Breast milk is never used as a disinfectant.

Solutions for the treatment of the eyes of the newborn

You can wash the eyes of a newborn with warm boiled water. The safest eyewash solutions for pediatricians include:

  1. Furacilin. To prepare a solution, take 1 tablet of furacilin, dissolve it well in 1 glass of warm boiled water. After preparing the solution, strain it through a double layer of gauze. Then use as an eye wash.

  2. Potassium permanganate. Take 2 grains of potassium permanganate, dilute it in a glass of warm boiled water. The recommended dosage of potassium permanganate is 1:5000. The prepared solution should be pale pink, almost transparent, without the presence of inclusions of undissolved manganese.

  3. saline solution can be purchased ready-made at the pharmacy. If this is not possible, but it is necessary to wash the eyes of the baby, prepare it yourself. For a glass of warm boiled water, take ½ tsp. salt, stir well.

Solutions are used as a wash for viral and bacterial damage and to wash out a foreign particle that has entered the child’s eyes.

Treatment of the eyes of a child with herbs

Medicinal plants for treating the eyes of a newborn are effective in fighting infections. But, they are absolutely useless when blocking the lacrimal canal. If herbs are not used as a prophylactic, then they should be combined with medication formulations. Usually, the following herbal remedies are used to wash the eyes of a newborn:

  1. Pharmacy chamomile. The herb actively fights pathogenic microorganisms, relieves inflammation, reduces swelling, redness, and washes away foreign objects. Chamomile flowers rarely cause allergies in children. To prepare the solution, you need to take 1 tsp. chamomile flowers, pour it with a glass of boiling water, close the lid, cover with a warm towel. Let it brew for 2 hours. Strain the prepared solution through a double cheesecloth. Then it can be used for washing.

  2. calendula, which is widely used in pediatrics due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. To prepare a healing solution, take 1 tsp. calendula flowers, pour 1 cup boiling water, wrap well and let it brew for 2 hours. The infusion is used not only for washing, but also for compresses.

You can use freshly brewed teas to treat your eyes. It can be both black and green tea without the addition of flavorings and other additives. To make an eye tea, pour 1 tsp. tea with a glass of boiling water. After it has been infused for an hour, cooled down, the solution can be used for washing.

Before you start washing the eyes of a newborn, you need to make sure that he does not have an individual intolerance to the grass. To do this, prepare the proper solution for washing. Soak a cotton pad in it and treat the baby’s elbow area. If after 30 minutes there is no irritation, no redness, itching, swelling, then there is no allergy. Medicinal herb can be used for hygiene procedures.

When to See a Doctor


If a newborn has noticed crusts around the eyes, abundant and persistent yellow or green discharge, you should contact a pediatric ophthalmologist. A visit will help eliminate the obstruction of the lacrimal ducts. Puffy, reddish eyes combined with profuse, whitish, purulent discharge are a sign of an eye infection.

Approved drops for newborns

Routine eye washing for a newborn will only be effective if there is no bacterial or infectious lesion attached. The drug is prescribed by a pediatric ophthalmologist after assessing the child’s condition and identifying a problem. The following drops are safe for newborns:

  1. Albucid. The most common and effective drops for children. They can be used from birth. Albucid destroys active processes in bacterial cells, slows down their development, causes death. Newborns are administered 2 drops of albucid up to 6 times a day, depending on the lesion.

  2. Sulfacyl sodium. Used for conjunctivitis. Babies are prescribed a 20% solution of sodium sulfacyl, 1 drop up to 4 times a day.

  3. Tobrex. This is a strong antibiotic that inhibits protein synthesis of bacteria, disrupts their life process. Usually prescribed for bacterial conjunctivitis. Newborns will be allowed to enter 1 drop up to 2 times a day for no more than 1 week.

  4. Oftalmoferon. This is a combination drug that combines an antiviral and antihistamine. It relieves redness of the eyes, swelling, itching. Approved for use from the first day of a child’s life. May cause stinging. Usually prescribed 1 drop up to 2 times a day.

If during treatment with drops a deterioration in the condition of the baby is noticed, swelling of the eyes has increased, redness has increased, the child has become more restless, the number of urination has decreased, you should immediately stop using the drop and consult a doctor.

How to bury a newborn in the eye drops

Before you start instillation of drops, wash your hands thoroughly, dry them. Warm the drops in your hands. Do not use a cold drug, it can cause shock in the newborn. It is better to give preference to drops with a built-in pipette in the bottle. If a separate pipette is used, it must be kept in a special case. Rinse in hot water after use, dry and store. One pipette cannot be used to instill different drugs and treat several people.

In fact, it is not difficult to bury a newborn in drops in the eyes. To do this, you need to do the following simple steps:

  1. Swaddle your baby with a diaper.

  2. Lay on a flat surface.

  3. Cleanse your eyes with warm boiled water.

  4. Dry your eyes.

  5. Pull the lower eyelid with the thumb of the left hand to open the eye well.

  6. Drop the required amount of the drug into the conjunctival sac.

  7. Gently pinch the outer corner of the child’s eye with your finger. Hold for a few seconds.

  8. Blot your eyelid with gauze.

  9. Remove the excess with a drop.

  10. Repeat all manipulations for the other eye.

When instilling drops, do not touch the vial or pipette with your hand. Store an open bottle in the refrigerator for no more than a month.

Subject to daily hygiene measures behind the eyes of newborns, in addition to boiled water, no medicinal solutions will be required. But, no one is safe from infection and viruses. Therefore, if you find abundant and persistent discharge from the eyes of the baby, you should immediately consult a doctor. If you follow all of his recommendations, you can quickly and easily cope with an eye disease.