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
  • Diabetes

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
  • Soreness
  • 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.