What is neonatal conjunctivitis?
Neonatal conjunctivitis is the type of pink eye that affects newborn children. Newborns typically have a weaker immune system, giving them a higher risk for pink eye. This type of pink eye occurs when the baby passes through the birth canal. If the mother possesses certain types of bacteria, it can cause inflammation and this type of pink eye to occur. To prevent this condition from developing, hospital staff will immediately put newborn-friendly ointment around the baby’s eyes to prevent any bacteria from spreading. However, if some of the bacteria manage to survive, an infection may occur a few days after leaving the hospital.
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