Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

  • Infection usually caused by a virus and sometimes bacteria
  • Common in day care and school-aged children

Signs and Symptoms

  • Red swollen eye(s). After sleeping, there may be thick yellow discharge and crusting on or around the eye(s).
  • The eye(s) are often itchy but not painful.
  • It can take 24 to 72 hours for symptoms to appear after coming in contact with Pink Eye.
  • If left untreated, Pink Eye can last from 2 days to 2-3 weeks.


  • It is highly contagious.
  • Usually spreads by contact with eye and nasal discharge, and by soiled articles (i.e. toys, tissues, towels, etc.).


  • If the infection is caused by bacteria, antibiotic eye drops can be given


  • Make sure that you and your child wash your hands very carefully after touching or wiping the child’s eyes and nose.
  • Do not share towels, and change pillowcases often.

A child will have to stay home if he/she has Pink Eye. He/she can return to day care/school 24 hrs after starting treatment with antibiotics or when the symptoms are no longer present.