Swollen Outer Eyelids in Children

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Swollen Outer Eyelids in Children
Child's Eye (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Paul Sapiano)

Swelling of the outer eyelids is a common complaint among children. Eyelid swelling is generally mild, but in some children, it is very severe and requires immediate medical attention to avoid more serious damage. (See Reference 1.)


In addition to swollen outer eyelids, children may experience difficulty seeing, a puffy face and eye pain. (See Reference 2.)


Allergies are the most common cause of swollen outer eyelids in children. Other more serious causes include trauma to the eye and neurological disorders. (See Reference 2.)


In order to identify the cause of the swollen outer eyelids, a doctor will ask about the events that led up to the condition in the child. The doctor will examine the eyelids and order blood to be drawn. (See Reference 3.)


Treatments for swollen outer eyelids in children include medications such as antihistamines and medicated eye drops. (See Reference 1.)


Swollen outer eyelids in children are prevented by treating allergies when they appear and wearing protective glasses when participating in activities that may cause trauma to the eye. (See Reference 1.)

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