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Red and swollen eyelid. Help. :)mommyandmore(: 2 kids; Dayton, TX, United States 1943 posts
Aug 13th '12

My four month old son's right eyelid has recently become puffy and red.
I chalked it up to him scratching himself, because he does it so often, but today he still has it and it looks worse.



Has anyone else had this before? And if so, what did it turn out to be?
Planning on calling tomorrow and scheduling a doctors appointment.
I'm a little worried.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 47032 posts
Aug 13th '12

Might be some kind of infection. I'd ask for some antibiotic eye drops just to be on the safe side. Maybe a sty?

Nikki Lawson 2 kids; Lexington, Kentucky 462 posts
Aug 13th '12

Is it "goopy" at all?

Ronnie RadKat 4 kids; Arizona 23349 posts
Aug 13th '12

Pink eye possibly

:)mommyandmore(: 2 kids; Dayton, TX, United States 1943 posts
Aug 13th '12

No discharge or goop and the eye itself isn't red.
I'm hoping it isn't p.c., but I don't know.



It can either be allergies or that.
He's been coughing a little, like he has a scratchy throat, but no runny nose.
He's also felt a little warm. SO doesn't think so, but both me and my mother in law have noticed.



And if it is p.c., a two day wait may really affect him. So I don't know if I should take him to the ER or take him to the doctor Wednesday, since he's so young...

I'm me 4 kids; Kentucky 3109 posts
Aug 13th '12

my son scratched his eye and I took him to the dr for it and they done a dye test in his eye and he had an abrasion on his cornea. they prescribed erythomycin eye ointment. It got better in a few days. Does the eye look bloodshot? my son's did.

:)mommyandmore(: 2 kids; Dayton, TX, United States 1943 posts
Aug 13th '12

Nope, it's just the eyelid.

Nikki Lawson 2 kids; Lexington, Kentucky 462 posts
Aug 13th '12

Generally if it is allergies both eyes would be affected and they would be really watery. That's not all cases but a good majority. Maybe make a call in visit tomorrow...

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6871 posts
Aug 13th '12

Sometimes real little babies get clogged tear ducts and they look swollen red and sometimes a little goopy. If you're breastfeeding, squeeze a little in his eye. It works wonders. Even if you're not bf'ing, you should be able to squeeze a little bit out.

I'm me 4 kids; Kentucky 3109 posts
Aug 13th '12

could it be a small bug bite? A flee, mosquito, ant, any of these can make a small red spot on me and my kids.

Nikki Lawson 2 kids; Lexington, Kentucky 462 posts
Aug 13th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Summerfrost:</b>" Sometimes real little babies get clogged tear ducts and they look swollen red and sometimes a little ... [snip!] ... squeeze a little in his eye. It works wonders. Even if you're not bf'ing, you should be able to squeeze a little bit out."</blockquote>



Wow really? I had no idea about that! I was thinking clogged year duct too.

:)mommyandmore(: 2 kids; Dayton, TX, United States 1943 posts
Aug 13th '12

Normally with a clogged tear duct, it has some sort of discharge, but the eye itself is completely normal.



My Grandmother noticed it's starting to spread a little to underneath his eye as well.



I was thinking the same thing about allergies being in both eyes. Apparently it's also uncommon in babies.



His temp was 97.9. He's also teething though.



I don't want to wait two days to bring him to the doctor, but I also don't want to have to drag him to the ER and disturb him (it's his bedtime and he's about to fall asleep) if it's unneccissary.

Nikki Lawson 2 kids; Lexington, Kentucky 462 posts
Aug 14th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Ashley Yarber:</b>" Normally with a clogged tear duct, it has some sort of discharge, but the eye itself is completely normal. ... [snip!] ... don't want to have to drag him to the ER and disturb him (it's his bedtime and he's about to fall asleep) if it's unneccissary."</blockquote>



Yeah.. That's why I asked if it was :) . Do you have an urgent treatment center close by? They aren't always the best with kids but if you are concerned it's a good idea to have it checked.

Rach_p 2 kids; Japan 1 posts
Nov 7th '13

Did you find out what it was as my 3 1/2 month boy has the same thing and I'm wondering if I should bring him to a&e tonight or wait until tomorrow to bring him to the gp