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A stye is caused by a clogged oil gland near the rim of the eyelid.
Red bump or swelling near the eyelid
Itchiness of the eye and eyelid
Feeling that an object is in the eye
A stye is diagnosed by how it looks. To get more information, the doctor will ask about your child’s symptoms and health history. The doctor will also examine your child. You will be told if any tests are needed.
To help relieve your child’s symptoms, apply a warm compress to the stye 3–4 times a day. This can be done with a warm, clean washcloth. A bottle filled with warm water, or a potato warmed in the microwave and wrapped in a towel, can also be used as a compress.
Do not squeeze or touch the stye. If the stye drains on its own, cleanse the eye with a warm, clean washcloth.
While most styes do not require treatment, the doctor may prescribe antibiotic eyedrops or eye ointment.
If your child does not get better within 4–6 weeks, he or she may be referred to an ophthalmologist. This is a doctor who specializes in treating eye problems. In rare cases, a stye may need to be drained or removed.
In an infant under 3 months old, a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or higher
In a child 3 to 36 months, a rectal temperature of 102°F (39.0°C) or higher
In a child of any age who has a temperature of 103°F (39.4°C) or higher
A fever that lasts more than 24-hours in a child under 2 years old, or for 3 days in a child 2 years or older
Your child has had a seizure caused by the fever
Red or warm skin around the affected eye
Drainage from the stye
Trouble seeing from the affected eye
A stye that won’t go away even with treatment
Styes that keep coming back