Neonatal Conjunctivitis-Prevention And Treatment.
Neonatal conjunctivitis is known as infected eyes in newborn babies. In the first 2 days of life, If a newborn baby’s eyes get red, swell and have a lot of pus in them, it is probably gonorrhea.
It must be treated at once to prevent the baby from going blind. If the eye infection begins between 1 and 3 weeks after birth, it means that the baby has chlamydia. The baby has picked up one or both of these diseases from the mother at birth.
NEONATAL CONJUNCTIVITIS PREVENTION
All babies eyes should be protected against gonorrhea and chlamydia, especially the eyes of babies whose mothers may have these diseases or whose fathers have pains when passing urine.
Mothers may have gonorrhea or chlamydia without knowing it.
The baby’s eyes should be wiped clean before the eyes open, that is as soon as the baby is born. Once the eyes are open, put a drop of povidone-iodine (Betadine) or 1% silver nitrate once only in each eye.
As an alternative, use a little 1% tetracycline eye ointment in each eye. If a baby develops gonorrhea or chlamydia of the eyes, both parents should be treated for gonorrhea or chlamydia.
TREATMENT FOR GONORRHEA
- Give one injection of 50 to 75 mg of kanamycin, Or penicillin sometimes works : inject 200,000 units of crystalline penicillin twice a day for 3 days. Or try half teaspoon of co-trimoxazole syrup by mouth 2 times a day for a week.
- Also use tetracycline eye ointment : put a little in the baby’s eyes every hour for the first day and then 3 times a day for 2 weeks. Make sure that you clean out the pus.