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My 4 year old has very bright redness under his eyes and on his cheeks. He had his TdaP and MMRV vaccines 7 days ago. Are these related?

My 4 year old has very bright redness under his eyes and on his cheeks. He had his TdaP and MMRV vaccines 7 days ago. Are these related?

Probably not: If he was has having a reaction to the Tdap the time frame is off. It usually occurs 4hrs - 48 hrs post dose. For the MMRV vaccine that is a live virus vaccine. So if you're getting a reaction it would be because you're having a viremia 7-9 days post dose. There might be associated symptoms such as little vesicles around injection site, runny nose, fever, etc. If worried see his doc. ...Read more

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My two year old eyes are red and it looks likes there's a pimple inside. What's the cause of that, he's not scratching them. Please help.

My two year old eyes are red and it looks likes there's a pimple inside. What's the cause of that, he's not scratching them. Please help.

Need more info: If the white of the eyes is red and there is discharge, it is conjunctivitis, or pink eye, which is a viral or bacterial infection and usually treated with prescription eye drops. If there is redness and swelling of just the eyelid with a pimple, that is consistent with a stye or hordeolum and warm compresses help to resolve. An exam would be very helpful and recommended. ...Read more

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My 2 year old eyes are red, I don't think it's a pink eye because it doesn't have crust on it just red and itchy...she has allergies?

My 2 year old eyes are red, I don't think it's a pink eye because it doesn't have crust on it just red and itchy...she has allergies?

Itchy Allergic: The itchiness you describe and bilateral (two sided) nature, as well as the time of year certainly would be associated with allergic cause. She is old enough for claritin (loratadine) 5 mg reditab as a trial medicine. If she's not better within the week, I'd have her looked at by her pediatrician or we are happy to consult here on prime! ...Read more

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4 year old son seeing rainbow after looking at light. Eyes little red. History of allergies. Could allergy cause this?

4 year old son seeing rainbow after looking at light. Eyes little red. History of allergies. Could allergy cause this?

Corneal edema?: This may be from corneal edema. However in the absence of itching, allergy is unlikely. If problem persists for more than a couple of days or gets worse, bring him to the eye doctor. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has a temperature and her eyes are very puffy and red but around the eyes not the pupils. Is this an allergy?

My 4 year old has a temperature and her eyes are very puffy and red but around the eyes not the pupils. Is this an allergy?

Likely not: Allergy is not associated with fever and the lack of itching points away from allergy- thus more suggestive of an infectious condition. If this is a chronic condition and the child is not rubbing her eyes, consult your eye doctor. If it itches and causes tearing, allergy would be the more likely cause. ...Read more

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4 year old is allergic to new puppy. He gets red puffy eyes. He went to bed and woke up with one eye still puffy. What can we do to help his eye.?

4 year old is allergic to new puppy. He gets red puffy eyes. He went to bed and woke up with one eye still puffy. What can we do to help his eye.?

Mgt: I would suggest gently rinsing your child's with saline solution. An over the counter anti histamine may help to control the symptoms. If he worsens, please check with your PCP.
Avoiding close contact with the puppy will help to avoid the symptoms. ...Read more

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My 4 year old daughter has a temperature and her eyes are red and puffy around the eye but not the pupils. Given her allergex but no change. Help?

My 4 year old daughter has a temperature and her eyes are red and puffy around the eye but not the pupils. Given her allergex but no change. Help?

Fever: You should see your Pediatrician to make the diagnoses and determine the treatment. If necessary to see any other doctors also will be determined. ...Read more

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Recently I notice that my 4 year old son quietly remove his eyelicious. This made his white area in the eye turn into red. Is this a decease or habit?

Recently I notice that my 4 year old son quietly remove his eyelicious. This made his white area in the eye turn into red. Is this a decease or habit?

Have him checked: By eye doctor (ophthalmologist). Could be a habit but he could have an entropion, an uncommon condition of eyelashes turning inward to touch eyeball. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has one red dot in her eye x 2 days. What could it be? Do I need to take her to a doctor?

My 4 year old has one red dot in her eye x 2 days. What could it be? Do I need to take her to a doctor?

I suppose you mean: On the white of the eye. This usually represents a broken capillary on the globe surface that broke & leaked blood after a cough or sneeze. It may take a week or more to fade given the minimal number of capillaries in the area to carry away the stain. If you're concerned this may not be it an exam would tell. During regular office hours. ...Read more

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My 4 year old son has been on tobacco for a week and eye is still red and squinty. Should I take him back to the doctor?

My 4 year old son has been on tobacco for a week and eye is still red and squinty. Should I take him back to the doctor?

Unusual: Tobacco packs can help some localized swelling but never heard for use on eyes. Pink eye can be caused by many things but I always think viruses if they last for a long time. I would definitely get back into your MDs office for a recheck. There are a few rare infections of the eye that can lead to serious problems. ...Read more

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Small scratch under eye of 4 year old boy 2 months ago still lettel red and depressed, does this will leave scar and if not how long to fade complete?

Small scratch under eye of 4 year old boy 2 months ago still lettel red and depressed, does this will leave scar and if not how long to fade complete?

Scarring possible: A small scratch is more likely to leave what we call " post inflammatory hyper pigmentation" meaning a little dark spot where the scratch was. Depending on skin tone to start with, this may take 6 months to a year to resolve. Sun will tend to darken the pigmentation so be sure and help him with a little suncreen to protect the area. The xinc oxide sticks work well for smaller kids. ...Read more

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My 4 year Olds eyes are really red. He says they aren't bothering him but I'm concerned is pink eye. What should I do?

My 4 year Olds eyes are really red. He says they aren't bothering him but I'm concerned is pink eye. What should I do?

Would need to see: Pink eye is a clinical diagnosis and while explaining the appearance of the eyes can sometimes work, having a doctor look at your son's eyes would be able to make the diagnosis. You may be able to consult with a doctor through healthtap for a live chat or you can see your pediatrician. There are treatments available for some forms of pink eye. ...Read more

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My 5 month old eyes are puffy and red for 2 days, but no discharge?

My 5 month old eyes are puffy and red for 2 days, but no discharge?

Irritants: There are a variety of air born irritants that can trigger this response. Smoke, pollen, fragrance from laundry detergent, cleaning fumes, etc. Some minor viruses will irritate the eyes this way also. Use of artificial tear products will sometimes remove the irritants. As long as the eyes don't get gooey & lids are not inflamed you can watch it at home. ...Read more

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My 4yr old eyes dilate w severe aggressive tantrums He will harm himself others but show remorse after he calms ADHD? Or something other? Where 2 look

My 4yr old eyes dilate w severe aggressive tantrums He will harm himself others but show remorse after he calms ADHD? Or something other? Where 2 look

Time for a consult: It is time to talk with the kids doc about seeing a Behavioral Pediatrician or Child Psychiatrist. This behavior is somewhat common at age 2, but should subside when the kid has meaningful use of speech. ...Read more

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My 4yr old has a possible spider/bug bite on the outer corner of her eye and has redness and swelling. Let it run its course, or take to urgent care?

My 4yr old has a possible spider/bug bite on the outer corner of her eye and has redness and swelling. Let it run its course, or take to urgent care?

See your doctor: If it is not infected, it will get better in a few days. But it can be very difficult to tell if it is infected or just inflamed, so it would be best to see your doctor. Eyelid infections can be very serious- can spread to the eye- so they should be checked. ...Read more

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My 4yr old son has a fever of 103 sense last night. His eyes are also red and watery and nose is running. Should I be worried?

My 4yr old son has a fever of 103 sense last night. His eyes are also red and watery and nose is running. Should I be worried?

Most likely OK: This sounds like an upper respiratory infection, which commonly affect children. It should pass in 3-5 days. Treat fevers with tylenol (acetaminophen). If he develops uncontrollable vomiting, stops responding, or does not get better, call your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My 4yr old hit himself in the eye with a paper turkey fan last night. It stop bothering him after a few min but this morning it is still slightly red?

My 4yr old hit himself in the eye with a paper turkey fan last night. It stop bothering him after a few min but this morning it is still slightly red?

Eye injury: The slight redness is more in keeping with a bruise. If it is painful, have him checked for an abrasion on his cornea. See his doctor if it is not getting better. All the best. ...Read more

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Why does my 4 yr old daughter have red on her white part of the eye? Is this serious? Should I take her to the ER?? I need help

Why does my 4 yr old daughter have red on her white part of the eye? Is this serious? Should I take her to the ER?? I need help

Depends: A tiny broken capillary from minor trauma (rubbing) could leave a red stain that lasts days. The whiteness stays so because there are few blood vessels that would carry the stain away quickly. If the kid has no pain, acts & plays normally, you can watch it. If the kid has been around flying debris (a grinder), has pain, is restless, etc. It would be a good idea to have it looked at. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has very small red spots all around his eyes they almost look like freckles but red!! Want can this be?

My 5 year old has very small red spots all around his eyes they almost look like freckles but red!! Want can this be?

Rash: If he has been coughing or rubbing his eyes vigorously then they may be small bruises called petechiae. If he is otherwise sick, he should see his doctor. All the best. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has very small red spots all around his eyes they almost look like freckles but red!! Want can this be, should I take his to the emergency room?

My 5 year old has very small red spots all around his eyes they almost look like freckles but red!! Want can this be, should I take his to the emergency room?

Petichiel spots: If you child was vomiting or coughing with force these spots can appear on the face particularly around the eyes bit if he was not, or you see them in other parts of his body, yes see his pediatrician or go to ER. Good luck. ...Read more

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4yo son has a red line, not whole eye on left side x 2 days. Isn't complaining about it hurting. No pink eye exposure and no gooping.

4yo son has a red line, not whole eye on left side x 2 days. Isn't complaining about it hurting. No pink eye exposure and no gooping.

See below: A subconjunctival hemorrhage occurs when a tiny blood vessel breaks just underneath the clear surface of your eye (conjunctiva). It's usually a harmless condition that disappears within one or two weeks. It often occurs without any obvious harm to your eye, or it may be the result of a strong sneeze or cough that caused a blood vessel to break. You don't need any specific treatment. ...Read more

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Son is four years old. Suddenly he starts vomiting and he closes his eyes n almost he faints n he becomes alright after 2-3 hours. Wat could b the cause?

Son is four years old. Suddenly he starts vomiting and he closes his eyes n almost he faints n he becomes alright after 2-3 hours. Wat could b the cause?

See his doctor: It's hard to know exactly what is causing that to happen, but your son should definitely be seen by his doctor for a full exam to try to figure this out better. I would take him to see his doctor today. ...Read more

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Why do my 10 months old eyes not look as white as my 2 year old daughters?

Talk to your doctor: The whites of the eyes can get irritated from allergies and also infections. They can look more pink or yellow and can get drainage. They can also be different between brother and sister like skin color can vary in families. At your next check-up, ask your son's doctor about it. S/he will be able to look at the eyes and tell you if anything is a problem. ...Read more

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My 1 year old eyes have a blue/grey tint to it can that be a serious problem or don't panic he seems to see perfect but I'm just wondering?

MGT: The color of an infant's eyes may change with time. If he is otherwise well, this may be perfectly normal. If the concern is the white portion of the eye, I would discuss having an opthalmology referral. During his or her one year check up, this finding should be discussed with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My cousin is four years old he is not talking or giving eye contact he does not like kisses or hugs could this be autism?

My cousin is four years old he is not talking or giving eye contact he does not like kisses or hugs could this be autism?

It is more complex: While avoiding eye contact and poor social skills are tell tale signs within Autism Spectrum Disorders, your cousin needs a thorough check by a pediatrician for proper assessment and possible referral to a specialist for a potential diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can the wrong eye glass prescription cause a 3 year old eyes to get worse if he is diagnosed as having amblyopia?

Can the wrong eye glass prescription cause a 3 year old eyes to get worse if he is diagnosed as having amblyopia?

Yes: Having the right prescription is very important in the treatment of amblyopia. While there are several causes, the pathway is the same: the brain suppresses the vision in the weak or non dominant eye leading to progressive loss of vision from nonuse. Treatment other than lenses may be necessary. Be sure he is being treated by an expert pediatric ophthalmologist. ...Read more