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A 35-year-old female asked:

Why should you not give steroid eye drops to babies? can a drop like tobradex cause long term damage to a 4 month old infant?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
See article: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc249630. Steroid drops in appropriate cases may be helpful. When used without verifying the infectious agent, it has risk. It suppresses the natural tissue response to infection. If the agent is a virus called herpes simplex it can allow permanent scarring of the cornea. Fungal & bacterial agents could flourish & simple virus shedding could be prolonged 3 wks.
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