It can be challenging for your baby to explain any form of eye discomfort, thereby causing you distress. Hence, it is important to keep a close watch on signs that trigger swollen eyelids, redness, discharge or tearing. Contacting your baby’s paediatrician at the earliest would help relieve your little one from further discomfort or any hidden complication.
What Causes Swelling in Baby’s Eyes?
Sometimes when you spot your baby having puffy eyes, it may not be something to worry about since it would go away naturally. But in some cases, the issue might get worse if no action is taken. We have compiled a list of factors that cause eye swelling.
- Allergies: If your baby is exposed to irritants like cigarette fumes, pollens, pet dander or dust mites, they are more susceptible to developing an allergy. It commonly causes them to show typical symptoms like swelling and redness of the eyelid. Sometimes a child can develop a reaction instantly; hence it’s important to know what they have been exposed to recently.
- Teething: Since the nerves of the eyes and teeth are interlinked, teething can cause puffy eyes. Be sure to check if there is any swelling under the eyes after teething.
- Mosquito Bites: Mosquito bites can make the eyes puffy. This type of swelling isn’t painful, just itchy, and can last for up to 10 days for an infant. The swelling generally looks pinkish or reddish in colour.
- Injuries: Any physical head injury, near the eyes, can give rise to swollen eyes, inflammation, redness or more. Toddlers are prone to get injured since they are moving about all the time. At times they might not feel any pain in spite of puffy eyes.
- Sty and Chalazion: A sty is a tender red lump that can occur close to the edge the eyelid or under, thereby causing swelling. According to studies, a sty occurs if an eyelash follicle becomes inflamed. Most stys are painful, but they do go away on their own in a few days. Chalazion, on the other hand, occur near the eyelid if an oil producing gland becomes swollen and leads to oil clogging up the openings. The swelling in Chalazion is typically larger than that of a sty.
- Blepharitis: Our eyelids comprise an oil gland which sometimes becomes blocked or inflamed. This would cause Blepharitis which can be most prominent in the mornings (after a night’s sleep). The symptoms include crusting on the eyelashes, swollen eyelids, tenderness in the eyelids and the feeling in the eye which will cause your baby to constantly want to rub it.
- Neonatal Conjunctivitis: Sometimes, a baby is prone to infection at birth which may cause neonatal conjunctivitis. The most common reason for such a condition is gonorrhoea, chlamydia and herpes. The symptoms of this problem are red puffy eyes and excessive discharge.
Many factors can bring about swollen eyes which include dust mites, pollen and milk. Here are some of the remedies to help you comprehend how to cure puffy eyes.
- Cold Compress: A simple remedy for puffy eyes is to cold compress. Apply this to your baby’s eyes for a few minutes to help lessen the redness and swelling.
- A Drop of Breast Milk: Swelling under the eyes can subside through the mother’s breast milk since it has anti-bacterial properties. You can pour a couple of drops on your baby’s eyes to treat any irritation, puffiness or itchiness.
- Keep Eyes Clean: To prevent your baby from a swollen eye and no discharge, you must keep the eye area clean with a clean wet cloth and warm water. If your baby’s eye is infected, then wiping it with a clean, cool cloth will help. Make it a point to wash your baby’s hair every day as it might contain pollen or pet dander which could then cause eye irritation.
- Wash Bedding Weekly: In order to prevent your baby from puffy eyes, caused by allergens, it’s a must to wash your baby’s bed on a weekly basis with hot water. Detergents which are hypoallergenic and mild should be used. Always ensure that the nursery carpet of your baby is replaced as well.
It is imperative that you remain vigilant and spot the symptoms because the issue could be serious. This would require immediate medical assistance since the infection on the swollen eye can lead to wheezing, vomiting, difficulty swallowing and breathlessness. These are the symptoms of chronic allergic reactions and could be life-threatening. Hence immediate medical help is advised.
Once you are aware of the specific agents that trigger puffy eyes, handling the issue makes it less challenging.
Also Read: Eye Problems in Babies
Why the Puffy Eyes?
As mentioned, when you start crying, the tears start overwhelming the nasal canal in the tear duct, causing the stream to run down your face. At this point, the majority of liquid on your face is the watery, low-salt emotional tears. The lacrimal glands that are producing these tears are working overdrive to produce this endless stream of tears, which is not the usual workload. This excessive overproduction can cause inflammation in these small glands, which is one of the core reasons behind the swelling in that area of the face.
However, there is another peripheral explanation, which has to do with everyone’s favorite scientific process – osmosis! Those emotional tears are far less salty than the other varieties of tears, meaning that as liquid is being pumped out of the body and nearby cells into the lacrimal glands, those cells are becoming increasingly high in terms of salt concentration. Once the tears stream down your face, that non-salty liquid goes through the process of osmosis, moving back into the high-salt cells on the surface of the skin, causing them to swell and appear puffy!
In other words, crying is truly a vicious cycle! The more you cry, the more the glands become inflamed and the more swollen the tissues get. Then, you look in the mirror, see how puffy your face looks, and start crying all over again! My opinion? Having a good cry every once in a while is healthy and cathartic, but maybe let the puffiness go down before putting your face back out there in the world!
- Science Direct
- Indiana Public Media
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How to Reduce Swollen Eyelid
Puffy, as well as swollen eyelids, cause many problems like discomfort, embarrassment, impaired vision as well as you can also find difficulty in cleaning your eyed and doing makeup around the eyes. So, today’s we are going to share you some tips through which you can reduce the swelling of eyes.
- Wash your face: the swelling can be caused by the allergies so, wash your face five to six times in a day so that the allergens can be removed from the skin as well as from eyelashes.
- 2. Apply a cold compress: if you have swelled with itching then you can apply a cold compress by soaking your towel in the cold water and apply it on eyes, coolness which you will give to your eyes will really helpful in swollen eyelids.
- Stay indoors: weather and pollution can also be caused effects on the swollen eyelids as it can increase it so, try to stay inside the house and be away from outdoor activities especially just after the rain because after raining many of the allergens fill the air.
Swollen Eyelid Treatment Fast
As we have told you earlier that there are many causes of swelling of eyelids so, depending upon the cause you can get the treatment of eyelids. To get the relief you can apply some eye drops which is prescribed from ophthalmologists and also you can wash your eyes, can give the cold compress, or you can also rinse your eyes to get the relief from pain as well as swelling of eyelids. In most of the cases eyelids is not a big problems i.e it is harmless but if it remains after 24 to 36 hours then you need to go to a doctor, you can also go to the doctors if you find the symptoms that we have described just below.
* Eye pain
* blurred vision or distorted vision.
* Vision that is really worse and you will discomfort in seeing any of the things which are in your around.
* You are feeling that there is something which has been stuck in your eyes.
* You find difficulties in moving of eye muscles.
So, if you find the above symptoms then you really need to go to the doctor because eyelids can also be swollen in the diseases like eye cancer. So, only the doctor can diagnose the cause of swelling and painful eyelids.
One Swollen Eyelids
Many times we have got swelling in only one eye, one eyelid swollen can cause problems like “style and chalazion” which you can treat by warm compress or by eating antibiotics. The stye and chalazion cause redness, as well as swelling in one eyelid, eyelid pain, and you, will also feel that there is something in your eyes. The one eyelid swelling can also be caused by the periorbital cellulitis which is one of the infections of the eyelids and it affects those children who are under the 18 months old, you can find the symptoms like pain in eyes, redness in eyes, swelling of eyes in periorbital cellulitis.
Swollen Eyelids Pictures
We have also shared with you the pictures of the swollen eyelids which is caused by different reasons.
Swollen Upper Eyelids
Sometimes you can find that only the upper eyelids get swollen but swollen may be under eyes or you can find swollen lower eyelids because of allergies and bug bite and many other reasons. If there is swelling on the upper eyelids only then it may be reduced by proper treatment like by taking eyedrops or oral pill and you can also try some self-treatment like the washing of eyes and be keeping cool or warm compress which will really helpful in reducing pain and swelling of the upper eyelids.
How to Make Swollen Eyelids Go Down
As swelling of eyes can be caused by chalazion, allergies, stye, exhaustion, crying, cosmetics, or by the blocking of tear duct etc. First off you need to get away from the makeup as well as the cream that you use around the eyes this can increase your problems so, avoid these things. Now, you can give rest to your eyes, you can also wash your eyes many times in a day, drink more and more water if you have swollen due to your emotional stress or you can say that swollen is caused due to crying, you can apply some eye drop, or you can take some antibiotics to get rid of your swollen eyes.