breastmilk as minor first aide treatment??anyone heard of this

Sheena - posted on 02/18/2010 ( 37 moms have responded )

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ok ladies my husband went to the doctor yesterday and claims he read an article about using breastmilk for small cuts, scrapes, eye infections, nasal decongestion, excema, cradle cap,diaper rash and a few others...he says the article said to just apply freshly expressed breastmilk onto a swab and put it on the infected area or use it like saline solution up the nose of a stuffy infant....he says the article says it works because of the antibidies in the milk....he says there were stories from moms saying it worked....anyone ever tried this or think its safe to try? i have to say i would rather apply breastmilk to my daughter excema than the steroid cream we have been givin however i wouldnt want to make it worse or infected....so thoughts????

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Lisa - posted on 02/22/2010

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I used breastmilk on my nipples when they were sore in the first few weeks instead of lanolin cream and a friend of mine treated her sons sunburn by applying bm ... worked for us. I can't see how it could do any harm at least as long as its fresh!!

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Mayueth - posted on 02/27/2010

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Breastmilk is great!
I used it on my lil one when I thought she was getting an eye infection and it cleared up right away. My bofriend recently got pink eye and I put some breastmilk in his eyes and the clear up the very next day. He didnt believe it would work but to his surprise it did.

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I always use breastmilk for my daughter's little cuts and nasal congestion. Works perfectly!

Simone - posted on 02/23/2010

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i always put breastmilk on any cuts my bub gets. ive also used it on my pimples once before lol.

Paula - posted on 02/23/2010

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You'll definitely not make it worse anyway, and v likely see a good improvement. Steroid creams actually push the infection back under the skin, not helpful in the long run. Eczema is the body's reaction to a substance it can't tolerate, whether ingested or applied topically. Dairy, wheat, citrus are the usual suspects, and avoid regular soaps, creams, etc. Your health food shop will have the mildest, most natural (and cheapest) cleansers for baby skin. Use that precious milk as a first aid kit too.

Nicole - posted on 02/22/2010

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I used breastmilk for many of those things. It will not make anything worse. I squirted it in both of my children's ears and in their noses like you would use saline. Spray away LOL!

Shanda - posted on 02/22/2010

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I've used it for pinkeye..healed it up faster than ever!! my son also had excema when he was younger. Breastmilk did not work for that but coconut oil made it less severe. He out grew it by the time he was 2.

Christa - posted on 02/22/2010

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A friend of mine told me about using breastmilk for stuffy noses....I thought "how weird!' But when my 2 month old got her first cold, she was stuffy and I was willing to try anything! I expressed milk into a bottle with the pump, then used a medicine syringe to put a few drops in each nostril, then used the nose sucker-thingy. It worked and is much cheaper than buying the saline sprays!!!

Amber - posted on 02/21/2010

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My step dad was also telling me that some welders he knows like to use breastmilk when they sparks in their eyes!

Amber - posted on 02/21/2010

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Yep, I pot it on my son's scratches and they heal super quick (he's just about 4 mo and still scratches his face with those sharp nails he has!)

I've also put some on the patch of excema he has and it helps a little:)

Stacey - posted on 02/21/2010

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My little miss had sticky eye's every body told me to use breast milk. Which i tried and it cleared up in a couple of day's....Try a differnt washing powder??? Amolin brand is good...And dont use any soap when washing bub water is just fine.

Jennifer - posted on 02/21/2010

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yes its completely true! it also works for pink eye and ear infections. If your child has either just put a few drops of breastmilk in the ear or the eye several times a day and it will clear it up in no time! These remedies work not only for the baby, but anyone suffering from those ailments! It truly is a miracle worker!

Cassy - posted on 02/21/2010

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I had pink eye very, very badly and used breast milk and it was gone before morning!

Jenny - posted on 02/21/2010

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My midwife told me to put some breastmilk into my newborn's eye when she had some goopy discharge and it cleared up right away. Maybe it would have cleared up on its own, but I think it definitely didn't hurt.

Aideen - posted on 02/21/2010

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I put a little milk in my 5 year old daughter's sore ear! I'm still laughting about it...it didn't help at all. We were at our wits end at 3am with her earache. My partner told the doc "we even tried breastmilk", I'm sure the man think's I'm nuts! Didn't do any harm anyway. Would definately give it a go treating almost anything....certainly can't do much harm.

Melinda - posted on 02/20/2010

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i was told by a much older friends that back in the day that was the reccomended treatment for most minor cuts and infections and eye problems. I however have not tried it.

Ariadne - posted on 02/20/2010

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I've used breastmilk on both my boys for stuffy noses, cuts, diaper rash and eczema - work like a charm!

Chelsea - posted on 02/20/2010

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I have used breastmilk as a first aid treatment for my daughters eye infection (pink eye). I used a dropper and dropped fresh expressed breastmilk into her eye. It worked wonders!!! It makes sense that we as humans would have the tools necissary to us to treat minor problems in infants. If we didn't have these tools we wouldn't have survived as a species. There was no corner drug store during the time of the cave man :)

Rachel - posted on 02/20/2010

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Yes it's true. I used it on myself for my eczema when I get a flare up. It goes away right away. IT's also been recommended to rub on your own breasts to relieve any chaffing soreness etc.
Here is the link to an article about breastmilk as medicine. It may have even been the one your husband read.
http://www.parenting.com/article/Baby/Ca...

Alison - posted on 02/20/2010

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isn't he a handy fella reading up on boob milk your very lucky, yes I put boob milk on sratches they heal in hours, why is your baby unwell if u r breastfeeding read up on pregnancy superfoods I find they help keep good quality milk, steriod cream I followed doctors orders to a T,

Melissa - posted on 02/19/2010

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Yes, I heard of this, I've done it on cuts, diaper rash, ear ache, chapped lips and cheeks. So far everything I've used it for as heal well, and faster then expected. I'd try it!

Michelle - posted on 02/19/2010

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I don't know if it would work for excema. It does work for lots of different cuts and things though. My daughter had a blocked tear duct shortly after she was born and I put a little in (this is actually a suggested treatment for it) and it cleared right up. You certainly wouldn't be making it worse or infected as far as I know.

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With my first child I was told a nurse at the pediatricians office that I could use it for my sons stuffy nose... I never tried it because I honestly didn't think it would work and thought it sounded strange. But I have heard of it a lot recently and have read about it so I do believe it works, and I will definitely try it with my second child.

Michaelle - posted on 02/19/2010

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I don't know if it will work for exzema but it worked for cradle cap with us

Lise - posted on 02/19/2010

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Oh yeah! I use breast milk on my cuts and my daughter's - works like a charm!

Crystal - posted on 02/19/2010

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breast milk is defnitely proven to help many things ... ive used it for ear infections and stuffy noses ... never tried it on diper rashes but am going to now ... and becuz of the antibodies ... trying it on ths eczema wont harm it any

Chelsea - posted on 02/19/2010

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Just a thought- Try some coconut oil on her skin. Its an antipyretic. Helps clears rashes on lupus patients. My mom swears by it. Helps my winter dry skin too.

Johanna - posted on 02/18/2010

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I've heard it too - though I don't know if I tried it or not - but definitely know women who have. Not sure about it working for eczema though - but hey, its always worth a try and it can't hurt! Does your daughter eat a lot of citrus fruit? Try cutting that from her diet as well as tomatoes. Also some soaps and shampoos and bubble bath can make it worse too. good luck!

Renee - posted on 02/18/2010

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When my daughter was born she had a blocked tear duct in one eye and her ran all the time and the nurse told me to put a bit of breastmilk on my finger and massage the corner of her eye with it. I was a little skeptical but tried it and sure enough it cleared up in a couple of days.

Chelsea - posted on 02/18/2010

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The antibodies thing is right. I got swine flu when my preemie was 3 weeks old and continuing to breastfeed saved him from getting it. I used my breastmilk in his eyes when they got goobery. Cleared them right up. My aunt is a doula and swears by this with each of the 8 children she has had. Ive never heard of the saline solution thing but Now Ima try it the next time he gets stuffy.

Christine - posted on 02/18/2010

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My daughter was recently hospitalized for pneumonia and on IV antibiotics. As a result of the antibiotics, she got a terrible diaper rash. I treated it purely with breast milk and it cleared up in just over 24 hours. All I would do is express a little on my finger and rub it on her little butt and then let it dry before I put the diaper on.

My 11 year old recently had pink eye. I tried to treat it with breast milk but she absolutely wouldn't let me! Told me I was turning into a hippie! lol.... Next time maybe I'll sneak it in while she sleeps!!!!!

Minnie - posted on 02/18/2010

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Many mothers routinely use breastmilk as an antibiotic for ear infections, eye infections, and scrapes. I have also heard that it is excellent for diaper rash.



I don't know about its effectiveness against eczema, though. That's not generally an issue with bacteria. I would certainly try it, however- it can't hurt! Have you been able to pinpoint any possible causes of the allergy?

Marabeth - posted on 02/18/2010

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i believe all of those uses for breastmilk are absolutely true. when my daughter was younger this previous summer and she had a heat rash in her neck folds i would apply a mixture of breastmilk and aloe. it went away lickity split. i put it on any little cut she or i get and that also helps. i've also heard it's the best cure for pink eye around.

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