Pinkeye in Children – When to Treat, What to Watch Out For, and More

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If any childhood infection could be described as “annoying,” pinkeye would be it. Super contagious and pretty uncomfortable–and to be honest, pretty gross–it’s guaranteed to keep you and your child home from school or daycare.

There are a few different types of pinkeye that kids get, and each one is treated differently. Knowing how to tell which type of pinkeye your child has can clue you in on when to head to your pediatrician and seek treatment.

But sometimes, a bit of gooey stuff from the eye doesn’t necessarily mean that your child has pinkeye. Or your child’s eye might be pink but have no drainage at all. And for babies, there’s a whole different scenario that older kids and adults don’t experience.

All told, the simple topic of pinkeye can actually be quite complicated!

That’s why I’ve recorded this short podcast episode to help give you the tools to figure out whether your child has pinkeye, which type it is and how to treat it–as well as when your child needs to be evaluated more urgently–so that you can get your child feeling comfortable and healthy as quickly as possible.

Listen by clicking here for iTunes or play it in the player below:

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Simple ways to tell the difference between the three most common types of pinkeye that kids get
  • How to treat these three types, including some remedies that you can use at home
  • How long each type is contagious
  • Signs to watch out for that might indicate that a more serious problem is going on
  • The process I call “a bit of eye goop with a cold”
  • Why we get some crust and drainage in the eyes when we wake up
  • The special situation of a baby with goopy eyes

Important Resources

  • Children’s Medication Dosing Guide (see bar at top of page)

Listen by clicking here for iTunes or play it in the player above.


The information in this episode is not meant to replace a conversation with your doctor.



Pinkeye in Children
Pinkeye in Children