Cold season brings with it various ailments to young children: coughs, runny noses, fever – and then some with conjunctivitis or “pink eye.” Pink eye is an inflammation of the eyelids and the conjunctiva, the lining of the eyes. Most commonly, symptoms are redness and drainage from the eyes and crusting of the eyelids.

One of the best and most effective treatments is the use of warm moist compresses placed gently over the eyes. Most ointments and drops marketed for the treatment of pink eye are not recommended forms of treatment. Only your pediatrician or health care provider should recommend treatment if needed. Most times, with minimal treatment, pink eye will resolve in 2-3 days.

If there is drainage of pus from the eyes, especially if accompanied by fever, then it is important to consult your child’s doctor.