Ophthalmia neonatorum is a form of conjunctivitius that occurs in newborn infants and usually diagnosed within the first 28 days. The eyes of infants affected by ophthalmia neonatorum became infected during passage through an infected birth canal, causing the inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye.
Infections that leading to ophthalmia neonatorum may be due to, e.g.
- Chemicals, e.g. as might have been used to prevent of gonorrhoeal infection.
Treatment of ophthalmia neonatorum due to gonorrhoea or chlamydia may involve prescription antibiotics, and in some cases hospitalisation for further evaluation. If possible and appropriate, diagnostic checks and treatment may also be offered to the mother.
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