Chlamydial eye infection in babies
Although relatively harmless in adults, chlamydial conjunctivitis is one of the main causes of blindness in children. If the mother is infected, babies can contract chlamydia of the eye during childbirth. It is therefore important that you see a doctor straight away if your baby develops symptoms of an eye infection.
The symptoms usually develop within 1 day to two weeks after birth and they commonly include redness of the eye, swelling of the baby’s eyelids and discharge.
Conjunctivitis in babies is treated with oral antibiotics.
Pregnant women are offered free chlamydia screening to prevent the infection going undiagnosed until childbirth. It is important that you get tested if you are pregnant or planning for a baby.