MALACCA: A two-month-old baby, whose eyes bleed whenever she cries, has been diagnosed as suffering from Pseudomembranous conjunctivitis, which is an infection of the lining of the eye.
According to a report by Sinar Harian, Malacca Hospital eye consultant Dr Raja Norliza Raja Omar said an infection of the lining of the eyes, such as the case with Maryam Batrisya Abu Kassim, was not uncommon and often occurred among babies.
“An infection of the lining of the eye (conjunctiva) causes the babies to experience pain in the eyes as well as the formation of crust which is followed by bleeding when the baby cries.
“It takes time to recover and the hospital often asks the mother to keep the baby clean. However, it is not uncommon and often happens to babies only,” she said.
She said this was why it was important for parents to stress on good hygiene as well as a clean environment for the baby and it also helps to contain the disease.
“Cleanliness and the environment are important factors. After cleaning the eyes, the tissue or cotton buds must be disposed off properly and also ensure that our hands are clean because the baby’s immune system isn’t strong enough yet.
“This disease is not harmful, but if it spreads to the eye’s cornea, it could cause blindness. However, so far nothing like that has ever happened,” she told Sinar Harian.
Meanwhile, the child’s mother, Hazuran Santhirasehar Kamal, 24, said she realised something was wrong with the youngest of her five children when the baby’s eyes started to bleed when she was only five days old. The bleeding worried her and her husband, Abu Kasim Mahmuddin, 39.
“At first, she often had sore eyes and we noticed it would get red and crusted. We were even more worried when she started bleeding every time she cried. I was frightened as I’d never seen a baby bleed like this.
“So far, we’ve seen the doctor more than 20 times to get treatment and she’s slowly recovering.”
Hazuran admitted that she was relieved after hearing the doctor’s detailed explanation regarding her baby’s bleeding eyes.