My baby has a large red bump on his eyelid. What could this be?
Your baby probably has a stye, which is a boil that has developed at the base of an eyelash. This usually happens because the eyelash root has become infected by bacteria.
The first sign your baby has a stye is when a red bump appears at the edge of his eyelid. The bump will then get larger and eventually burst after a few days, probably when he’s sleeping. Your baby’s stye may be uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t cause him any trouble. It will go away on its own in a week or so.
If your baby’s stye is causing him some discomfort, put a warm compress over his eye. Use a clean flannel dipped in warm water, and place it over his eye for about five minutes to 10 minutes. Do this four times a day until the stye starts to go down.
If the stye doesn’t get better after two weeks, or if your baby keeps getting styes, take him to your doctor. Your baby may need an antibiotic ointment to clear the infection.
My baby seems to have a lump under his eyelid. What is this?
If your baby’s eyelid looks like there’s a bump under it, he may have a chalazion. This is a painless bump or cyst that can appear under the upper or lower eyelid. The cyst is caused by an inflamed tear duct or eyelash gland. The cyst can start out as small as a poppy seed but may grow to the size of a pea or larger.
A chalazion is usually more annoying than painful for your baby. It should go away on its own after a month or so. You could take your baby to your doctor if it’s the first time he’s had a chalazion, just to confirm that’s what it is.
While your baby has a chalazion, keep his eye clean by bathing it with a warm compress twice a day for five minutes to 10 minutes. If your baby still has a chalazion after a month, see your doctor.
My baby’s eyelids seem swollen. What’s causing this?
Your baby may have blepharitis. This is a bacterial infection that causes the eyelash follicles at the base of the eyelid to become inflamed.
Blepharitis can make your baby’s eyelid appear red, scaly, and irritated. He may lose some of his eyelashes, too. Your baby’s eyelid may also burn or itch, and he may be upset and crying a lot.
It’s always hard when your baby is distressed with an illness. But blepharitis is not a serious condition and it won’t damage your baby’s eye.
Here’s how you can ease your baby’s discomfort. Bathe your baby’s eyelid every day with a warm compress. If his eye doesn’t improve after a week or so of regular cleaning, take him to your doctor. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic ointment.