Al­ler­gies, de­hy­dra­tion and cry­ing can cause puffy eyes

Townsville Bulletin - - About A Baby - Donna Gan­dini

Q Our son is 21 months old. Sev­eral times we have no­ticed that when he gets up in the morn­ing, his eyes are re­ally puffy ( swollen) which doesn’t look nor­mal. The puffi­ness will be gone in the af­ter­noon or evening. Does it in­di­cate any­thing wrong?

Sam’s par­ents

A It is com­mon for peo­ple to wake up in the morn­ing with swollen eyes, as the skin around the eyes is very thin. It is more com­mon for in­fants to look like this and then have this re­solved dur­ing the day. Puffy eye­lids in the morn­ing are mostly caused due to sleep­ing in a wrong po­si­tion, so sleep­ing with the head on a pil­low can help. Cry­ing is a com­mon causes of puffy eye­lids, but it can also be caused by de­hy­dra­tion, sleep de­pri­va­tion and hered­ity.

Al­ler­gies are a com­mon cause of red puffy eyes in tod­dlers. Dust mites, an­i­mal hair, pol­lens, traf­fic pol­lu­tion and sec­ond-hand cig­a­rette smoke are the most com­mon en­vi­ron­men­tal al­ler­gens. If your child is prone to rashes and skin ir­ri­ta­tions then look to wash­ing powders, fab­ric con­di­tion­ers, per­fumed soaps and even baby toi­letries. The fi­nal al­ler­gens to tackle are food. Wheat, dairy prod­ucts and cit­rus fruit are the most com­mon prob­lems for younger chil­dren.

Older chil­dren may find that nuts, shell­fish, fish, straw­ber­ries and coloured sweets af­fect them.

For al­ler­gies, a chil­dren’s an­ti­his­tamine can some­times be used, but your child’s doc­tor should al­ways be asked be­fore us­ing any med­i­ca­tion. Your doc­tor will be able to give you the cor­rect dosage in­for­ma­tion for your child’s age and weight.

If the eye puffi­ness is new or get­ting worse, see your doc­tor, who may or­der a test on urine to check if the puffi­ness is due to pro­tein be­ing spilled from the blood into the urine – a con­di­tion called ‘‘ nephrotic syn­drome". Email your ques­tions to aboutababy@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au. Donna Gan­dini is a gen­eral and neona­tal pae­di­a­tri­cian and breast-feed­ing ad­viser. Con­tact her at 4778 4581, at Health and Well­be­ing North Ward or at the Fair­field Waters Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

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