Treatments for Stye (Hordeolum) in Children

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Treatment may include:

  • applying warm, wet compresses to your child's eye for a period of approximately 15 minutes, several times throughout the day
  • instructing your child not to squeeze or rub the stye
  • having your child wash his or her hands frequently
  • applying antibiotic ointments for the eye, which doesn't make the stye go away faster but can help stop the spread of the infection to other parts of the eye
  • having your child wash his or her face daily, including the eye
  • having your child refrain from wearing make-up until the infection heals
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