By Bjarne Lühr Hansen PhD, MD and Philipp Skafte-Holm MD, Mentor Institute
Many children with common cold get an eye inflammation with yellow gobs in the eyes. This kind of eye inflammation does not need treatment with eye drops. In other cases it can be necessary to treat the child’s eye with eye drops of antibiotics.
Inflammation in the mucous membrane of the eye (‘the white part of the eye’) is caused by bacteria or virus. The most common kind of eye inflammation is seen in the context of common cold. Typically there are yellow gobs in both eyes while the white part of the eye does not turn red. Such an eye inflammation should not be treated with eye drops and the child can without further ado attend day care.
Another kind of eye inflammation, caused by bacteria, is typically seen by the white part of the eye turning red and sticky and yellow, thickly pus appearing in the corner of the eye. Such an eye inflammation must be treated with eye drops and the child cannot resume day care until treatment with eye drops has commenced.