It’s one of the most contagious infections in schools. Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is the most common eye problem a child can have, causing redness, itching, inflammation and swelling. This is accompanied by a gooey liquid that collects in the eyes, often clear, white, yellow or green. So how do you determine when your child has pink eye and how can you prevent him or her from getting it if the infection is being spread around their school?


Knowing the symptoms of pink eye is very important, whether your child is infected or a friend or classmate may be. If your child has pink eye, he or she will exhibit increased redness in the white of the eye with blurred vision and an increased sensitivity to light. The most common symptom of pink eye, however, is burning, itchy eyes.


If your child’s pink eye is caused by a bacteria, an antibiotic will be prescribed in the form of eye drops. However, if the type of pink eye your child has is caused by a virus, then it must simply run its course, just like the common cold.


Even if your child’s friend is plagued by pink eye, you can help prevent the disease from spreading. Make sure your child is washing his or her hands often with soap and warm water. Also, wash all bed linens, pillowcases and towels used by those infected to get rid of the bacteria. Finally, teach your child that it is unsanitary to share eye makeup with friends.

If you suspect your child may have pink eye, visit your closest Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care to speak with a trained health expert who can help. Designed exclusively to meet the needs of children, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent provides quick, efficient service so you can stay away from the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit. Utilize the web check in option to avoid the waiting room!