Eye infections in young children – advice from the Care Inspectorate

The following information comes from the Care Inspectorate

World Antibiotic Awareness week took place on 13-19 November and European Antibiotic Awareness Day was on 18 November. Many health boards ran activities to raise awareness and the Association of Scottish Antimicrobial Pharmacists has written about eye infections in young children to raise awareness about this.

This is an area that can cause confusion among parents and childcare providers with children, on occasion, being excluded from nurseries unnecessarily and parents seeking antibiotics when often this is not required.

This information sheet (http://cinsp.in/2zvkjMf) is being circulated to early years providers to raise awareness and to provide information on this subject. Providers may share with parents and carers, which will also be helpful in raising awareness more widely in the community.

Further information on conjunctivitis can be found at NHS Inform (https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/eyes/conjunctivitis)

Information on exclusion can be found in the Health Protection Scotland’s Infection Prevention & Control in Childcare Settings guidance (2016) (http://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/resourcedocument.aspx?id=5761)

or contact Lynda Hamilton, Nurse Consultant Infection Prevention and Control ([email protected])

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