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If there is redness & discharge, she is probably suffering from 'pink eye'/ conjunctivitis
This can be bacterial/ viral ....
in case of viral conjunctivitis, it may be a self limiting disease,
however bacterial pink eye needs specific treatment with topical prescription antibiotics
How can I tell the difference?
To be honest, it requires a medical consultation, however bacterial conjunctivitis would generally have more eye swelling, and thicker ropy discharge, that would lead to eye becoming shut in the morning/ after sleep
The problem in a 13 month old, is that it may be difficult to assess the symptoms as they are unable to communicate effectively
My gut feeling would be to get an evaluation, especially given the age, and the chances of spreading this infection if not treated soon
On the other hand, if you definitely want to wait, and the child has 'mild' symptoms,
One day waiting may be done under close supervision to make sure that the eye is not worsening,
and then you can visit a doctor .... as needed
Well, it is a bit swollen, but there isn't a whole lot of discharge, and her eye isn't "glued shut" at all.
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I think that's it. I may keep her home for one day just to see if it's any worse tomorrow. If it's still looking the same, not better/not worse, I should take her in?
If there is no improvement, then it is better to do this, rather than risk a bad infection ... with possible complications
Alright then. That's all I needed. Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX a wonderful day!
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