What are the treatment options for newborns with chlamydial infection bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: Karen K Yeung, OD, FAAO; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Chlamydial infection of the newborn requires systemic treatment of the neonate, the mother, and at-risk contacts. The neonate may be treated with erythromycin orally in liquid form 50 mg/kg/d in 4 divided doses for 2 weeks. Some newborns also require a second dose. These patients are also susceptible to chlamydial pneumonitis and otitis media. The mother and at-risk contacts may be treated with doxycycline 100 mg orally twice daily for 7 days.


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