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Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
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Eye Health (Definition)

Eye health involves the function and vision of the eye and all ...Read more


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What causes a recurring swollen eye in an infant. No redness or discharge. Swelling usually goes down the same day and has happened 3 times in 4 weeks?

What causes a recurring swollen eye in an infant. No redness or discharge. Swelling usually goes down the same day and has happened 3 times in 4 weeks?

May be the tear duct: You do not mention what part of the eye. If it is close to the tear duct, sometimes in newborns and slightly older infants, a tear duct occlusion may cause local swelling to the area. ...Read more

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Why does my infant have red lines in the whites of her eyes?

Why does my infant have red lines in the whites of her eyes?

From childbirth: Often the pressure built up during the process of childbirth will cause small burst blood vessels in the white part of the eye in both the mother and the infant. This is totally benign and will resolve usually within a few weeks. If there is yellow discharge as well or crusting or it gets worse or doesn't clear, show your health care provider. ...Read more

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Why are the eyes of harlequin babies red?

Why are the eyes of harlequin babies red?

Poor eyelid closure: In babies with harlequin ichthyosis, the eyelids are not formed properly causing them to turn away from the eye. This causes poor closure leading to dry and red eyes. ...Read more

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What does eyes rolling up and head shaking in babies mean?

What does eyes rolling up and head shaking in babies mean?

Eyes rolling: When the eyes roll up this could be a normal phenomenon, but with the head shaking I am worried about a possible seizure....See your pediatrician soon.... ...Read more

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What causes an infant to rub eyes at night when sleeping?

What causes an infant to rub eyes at night when sleeping?

Check bedroom: There may be something he's allergic to, such stuffed animals, quilt or pillow. ...Read more

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Is there anything we can do to help a baby's excema? My baby is 6mth and has redness only under her eyes.. Maybe vaseline? Or cream?

Hydrocortisone 0.5% : But use sparingly as over use may thin the skin permanently on the thinner skin areas like the face and groin. ...Read more

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My 2.5 month baby started to rub her eyes all the time. She also have some redness on her lid. And she also has red vessel inside her eyes.

My 2.5 month baby started to rub her eyes all the time. She also have some redness on her lid.  And she also has red vessel inside her eyes.

Eye allergy: Your baby may have developed an eye allergy probably caused by her stuffed animals, or blanket. Red vessels are blood vessels caused byher eye rubbing. .Remove any possible allergy cause and if necessary pick up some anti allergy eye drops and use twice daily ...Read more

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What does it mean when an infant constantly rubs their eyes and ears?

What does it mean when an infant constantly rubs their eyes and ears?

Infant rubbing: Eye and ear rubbing by an infant could be habitual in nature but it could be related to allergy, viruses, or other causes. I would recommend ruling out other issues by seeing your pediatrician. ...Read more

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