Styes in Children
What is a stye in children?
A stye is a sore red bump on the edge of your child’s eyelid.
What causes a stye in a child?
A stye is caused by an infection in
the oil-producing (sebaceous) or sweat glands in the eyelid. The infection is often
caused by bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus.
Which children are at risk for a stye?
Styes are one of the most common
eye problems in children. The following things may increase your child’s risk:
- A history of styes
- Skin conditions called seborrheic
dermatitis or rosacea
What are the symptoms of a stye in a child?
Symptoms can happen a bit differently in each child. The can include:
- Swelling of the eyelid
- Redness at the edge of the eyelid
- Pain over the affected area
- Drainage of yellow fluid
The symptoms of a stye may look
like symptoms of other conditions. Have your child see his or her healthcare provider
for a diagnosis.
How is a stye diagnosed in a child?
Your child’s healthcare provider will ask you about your child’s health history. He or she will also give your child an exam.