Eye Infections in Children
Eye infections occur when microorganisms invade any part of the eye. Conjunctivitis, an infection of the lining of the eye inside the eyelid, is very common in young children and also very contagious.
Signs & Symptoms of Eye Infections
In cases of eye infections, our patients and their parents report:
- Itching, burning eyes
- Watery eyes
- Light sensitivity
- A sticky discharge from the eyes, especially in the morning
Some children also experience hay fever symptoms such as sneezing at the same time.
Causes of Eye Infections
Eye infections such as conjunctivitis are often viral or bacterial in origin. They are highly contagious, and your child might have contracted the infection at their school or daycare.
In our experience, eye infections happen easily when a child’s eye is already irritated or their immune system is weakened. This can happen because of:
- A foreign object in the eye
- Exposure to chemicals or air pollution
- A cold or the flu
- Allergic reactions
How We Treat Eye Infections
Children tend to get sick quicker than adults, but with the right treatment they can also heal quicker as well. Our goal, at the Nei Jing center of Chinese medicine in Jerusalem, is to reduce the severity of symptoms and support your child’s immune system, so that they will be better able to resist and recover from infections.
In order to do this, we build an individualized treatment plan that may include:
- Acupuncture and laser acupuncture
- Chinese herbs
- Tuina massage and cupping
- Lifestyle and dietary advice