Irritated, puffy eyes can be a sign that your baby is suffering from allergies. Many things can trigger an allergic reaction, including pollen, dust mites and milk. It can sometimes be difficult to tell allergy symptoms from that of pink eye or the common cold. However, with allergies, symptoms are typically symmetrical. Unlike pink eye, itchiness and puffiness is not usually accompanied with discharge. To minimize your baby’s discomfort, it is important to treat his irritated eyes promptly.
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Place a drop of breast milk in your baby’s eye. The antibacterial properties in breast milk can help treat itching and irritation.
Apply a cold compress to your baby’s eyes for a few minutes to reduce puffiness.
Cover your baby’s crib mattress with a dust-mite-proof cover. Unlike vinyl, this type of cover is breathable and does not crinkle.
Dust and vacuum at least every other week, especially in your baby’s nursery, to remove dander and other allergens.
Wash baby’s bedding once per week in hot water. Use a laundry detergent that is hypoallergenic.
Replace nursery carpet if your baby’s allergies are severe. Consider installing a smoother floor such as vinyl or hardwood.