Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid that is chronic and can last for several years.
A child with Blepharitis will have inflamed skin at the base of the upper or lower eyelid. The skin will look as if it is red, scaly, and irritated. Because of the scaly look of this skin, the condition is also known as granulated eyelids.
If you suspect your child has bleparitis, you should take them to the doctor. Many times, a pediatric ophthalmologist must examine a child with blepharitis to make sure that there is not a more serious eye condition present. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics to avoid a secondary infection. If a secondary infection develops, the eyelashes may begin to fall out.
Blepharitis will eventually go away but, it is usually chronic in children. Teaching your child good hand washing practices as well as teaching them not to touch their eyes with dirty hands will help to keep the condition at bay.
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