A chalazion (pronounced kuh-LAY-zee-uhn) is a bump or nodule located on the eyelid. It is caused by the oils in a small gland becoming blocked and building up in the gland resulting in inflammation and redness.
You may notice a tiny bump on the eyelid at first. Then within a couple of days or even weeks, the bump will grow to the size of a pea. There are no other symptoms that accompany a chalazion and the condition is not contagious.
If your child has a chalazion and has not had one in the past, contact the doctor. They may want to see your child to confirm that it is in fact a chalazion. Your doctor may give your child eye drops and antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
Chalazions will disappear on their own within a couple of weeks or months. During this time, it is important that you keep your child from putting their fingers on the affected area. Germs could cause infection in a chalazion.
A chalazion is usually not painful and will require no pain medication. You can however, help to speed the healing by applying a warm compress to soften the oils that have hardened and cause the gland to begin to drain. Never try to pop a chalazion cyst as you could further damage the gland and cause an infection to set in.