Is My Kid Contagious?

Pinkeye

An infection of the lining of the eye and eyelids, it's characterized by redness, itching or pain, and eye drainage.

Treatment Pinkeye clears up fast. But getting antibiotic eyedrops into a toddler is not easy -- and you'll have to do this for an entire week.

Contagious factor It's one of the only illnesses a child can infect himself with. That's right! If your child has pinkeye in one eye, all it takes to spread it to the other is rubbing. But how did he get it in the first place? From direct contact with the germs that cause it, either by touching an infected person or an object handled by an infected person. At least contagiousness ends after just 24 hours treatment!

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