NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines
Medicines Update

Eye infections in Children

The Scottish Antimicrobial Pharmacists have recently provided some information on eye infections for the Care Inspectorate to ensure nurseries, schools and day care services are aware of what to do with children with conjunctivitis. The full article has information on management and prevention of spreading and can be printed and shared with parents or carers. The key messages are:

  • There is no requirement to exclude a child with conjunctivitis from school or other childcare setting if they are otherwise feeling well. 
  • There is no requirement for a child to be prescribed eye drops in order to return to the care setting.  
  • If there are concerns about an outbreak or cluster of conjunctivitis cases in a care setting staff should contact their local NHS Public Health department for advice.
  • If staff are worried in any way about a child’s symptoms, the child feels unwell, or a newborn baby is affected, then they should inform the parent or carer.
  • Up to date advice on infection control in childcare settings including exclusion periods for most common infectious diseases is available from Health Protection Scotland


Published 20/12/17