Tetracycline eye ointment contains the antibiotic tetracycline and is designed to combat infectious diseases. Most often this ointment is used in the treatment of conjunctivitis, blepharitis, and various kinds of eye infections.

To self-medicate, especially in case of antibiotics is not recommended. The decision on the appointment of child tetracycline, even in the form of ointment, should take only doctor.

Types of tetracycline ointment

The content of the antibiotic in the tetracycline ointment may be different. Ointment containing 3% tetracycline, is used to treat skin infections. And for the treatment of eye diseases used 1% tetracycline ointment.

Method of application of the ointment

In the treatment of eye infections a small amount of tetracycline ointment laid over the lower eyelid of the child. To make it easier to apply, put the baby on the couch. If an infant, it must first be wrapped in a diaper.

The ointment is used in the following way - you need to pull your lower eyelid and gently apply it on the outside, starting from the inner corner of the eye. Excess ointment can be gently remove with a tissue or cotton swab. As a rule, this procedure is tolerated by children painless.

Treatment tetracycline ointment is three to five times a day. The course of treatment depends on the individual characteristics of the child and type of eye disease. In some cases it can last for several months.

Side effects

Tetracycline - powerful antibiotic that can cause a number of adverse reactions. Sometimes he is able to raise intracranial pressure, cause allergies and disrupt the immune system. Special care tetracycline ointment should be used for the treatment of children of preschool age. In some cases this ointment is recommended for use only after the child reaches eleven years.

Tetracycline can cause photosensitivity - increased skin sensitivity to sunlight. Therefore, during the period of treatment with drugs based on tetracycline should reduce the time of stay of the child in the sun. In addition, the tetracycline is able to be deposited in the tooth enamel that causes change in its color.

In the case of the prolonged use of tetracycline ointment need to monitor the state of the kidneys and liver of the child. Periodic checkups by a pediatrician will help to avoid serious complications that may cause the tetracycline antibiotics.