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My nine year old grandson has very dark circles under his eyes

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My nine year old grandson has very dark circles under his eyes and has had them for the past three years. He is a healthy boy, very intelligent and very athletic. This winter he has been sick with colds, flu and strept throat, very unusual for him. When he is sick, he looks like he has two balck eyes. I am very concerned that there is an underlying problem.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Gupta replied 7 years ago.
Dark circles are commonly due to these reasons...
1. Eye allergy
2. Multivitamin deficiency
3. Lack of sleep
4. Familial - thin skin locally
5. Vision problems
I would certainly recommend an ophthalmological evaluation to confirm eye allergies, and a normal vision.
A good nutritious diet, proper sleep time (at least 8-9 hours / day) and a vitamin supplement may help too,
The good news is that in most children, this is NOT a sign of serious underlying disease,
Warm regards
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