8 month old with Swollen eye

Kimberly - posted on 08/27/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My baby has a swollen eye. I think she might be allergic to something. Any suggestions on what I should do? The Doctor can't see her until *maybe* sometime tomorrow.

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Chanda - posted on 08/27/2009

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as u wait for the doc to see your LO try putting breast milk if u r breastfeeding my lo once had that prob but before i got to see a doc i put breast milk & trust me it was back to normal size so do that as u await to see the doc it realy helps

Krista - posted on 08/29/2009

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WHY in the world are people telling others to medicate their child for something they MAY or may NOT have?!

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Leanna - posted on 03/03/2013

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My 10 year old daughter has a red swollen eye this is the second time in the last few months. I never took her docters the last time because it went down within a day and she did hit it while dancing. but don't understand why its happened again? the eyelid is red and swollen and she says its very itchy but no lump.i been putting a warm flannel on there and it seems to help I cant bring her docters until the morning.im just abit worried because her dad use to have problems with ones of his eyes but not what.

Jess - posted on 08/29/2009

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hi

about a month ago my daughter (now almost 10mths) had the same thing she just woke up in the morning w it! except both eyes. i knew it wasnt a blocked tear duct, it would seem to swell up and down through out the day getting worst wile she slept then goin down. i took her to the docs as i also thought she was having an allergic reaction to some of her food. the doctor couldnt tell me anything... except that it wasnt infected and just to keep an eye on it. it really worried us! over the next week it continued to go and come back, 1 day it was swollen the next not! we took her to see another doc who after checking her air ways were all clear and checked for signs of virus, temp, infection or foreign body told us nothing was wrong but to take her off all dairy except bottles (even tho i did not feel this was the issue) after that week it has never happened again! we have introduced dairy back into her diet with no reacurences (so it clearly wasnt that) the 2nd doc did say that i could be that she was either building up an amunity or a reaction to something? i put it down to a possible hayfever allergic reaction to a pollen or something similar that she has clearly built her amunity to now! it is pretty scary stuff so go see your doc but fingers crossed like my little girl yours will go away without a problem : )

Ptotia - posted on 08/29/2009

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I haven't been to the doctor for that in a very long time with either kid. If it's infected then use a simple saline solution for the eyes, treat both eyes because she may rub her other eye while you are treating the one.

Calana - posted on 08/28/2009

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our son experienced this for years. He would occasionally get a swollen eye(s) and we thought he had a virus. It turns out he's allergic to Ibuprofen. We happened on it by accident. The doctors had no idea.

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Talk to the nurse at your doctors office for advise or sometimes local hospitals or your insurance have a nurses line for advice. If not, most pharmasists have seen just about everything. Hope that helps - good luck

Korie - posted on 08/28/2009

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tis the season for allergies. Usually doctors won't do any allergy testing until age two. Your best bet is give some infant tylenol and put a cold washcloth on the eye. be sure not to rub or press hard.

Cheryl - posted on 08/28/2009

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Hello Kimberly,

Here's hoping it is better today. Some irritant could be from a toxin or chemical has caused it to swell up (most likely). If a food allergy or other such things, both eyes may be swollen. Like most things, the body is a miracle and will address it. Unfortunately we go to the doctor, want it to be better yesterday and expose our babies to drugs (more toxins). Of course, not the case every time.

Be sure that the baby eye is cleaned and the baby gets everything to keep it comfortable (good food, hydration, sleep, etc.). Let the body work be the miracle...have a naturapathic doctor? Visit them. Over time, the eye should be getting better and not worse. Hope this helps even it just provides some comfort. Check out info on the web and when in doubt go to the doctor for an opinion. Best of health, Cheryl

Lydia - posted on 08/28/2009

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You could call the health care line and talk to a community health nurse (at least in Aust you can dunno elsewhere) they will direct you to the ER if they think it is something that requires immediate attention or give you someidea of the possible problem and what you can do until she gets to a GP.

Kim - posted on 08/28/2009

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Quoting Kimberly:

8 month old with Swollen eye

My baby has a swollen eye. I think she might be allergic to something. Any suggestions on what I should do? The Doctor can't see her until *maybe* sometime tomorrow.


Hi Kimberly,



My 10 year old has a similiar problem that we just treated at the doctor.  Try to put warm compresses on your babies eye eyery couple of hours. I hope this helps until you can get insto your doctor.

Claire - posted on 08/28/2009

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go to an urgent care center. Ours is wonderful and I've taken my children there a few times.

Nancy - posted on 08/28/2009

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I would put a cool teething ring over the eye off and on every 15 minutes and leave it on for 5 minutes at a time. Preferably when the baby is sleeping.

Tracey - posted on 08/28/2009

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I would take her to the hospital just incase. Better to have it looked at as soon as possible

Tammie - posted on 08/27/2009

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Do you have any animals in the house? I was allergic to long haired animals. My eye sometimes both would swell up when I was little. Our dog would sleep under my babybed. We had to get rid of the dog and it helped. Sad but it helped.

Luvia - posted on 08/27/2009

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Hi, as a mother of three, I learned a couple of home remedies that work, sometimes these home remedies take complete care of something like a swollen eye.
Make a cup of any tea, let it cool down, and when is already cold, apply it in the infected area with a clean wash cloth. Do it at least twice a day until the baby gets seen by her pediatrician.

Jodie - posted on 08/27/2009

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Do you know if she hit it or maybe crawled into something? One thing that my mum always told me is with the eyes to bath them in milk. If she has gotten a piece of dust in her eye it could of scratched the eye ball but you can always bathing it in milk.

Hope it helps.

Kate CP - posted on 08/27/2009

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Is it pink, irritated, seems itchy, and oozing a yellow or whitish discharge? Are her lids "glued shut" when she wakes up? If so she could have conjunctivitis (pink eye). Best to see the doctor. To help relieve the irritation you can apply warm (NOT HOT) wash cloths to the swollen eye. Some find cool compresses more soothing. Whichever seems to work. Good luck!

Lynn - posted on 08/27/2009

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If she isn't allergic, it may be taken care of with a simple sea salt solution....water and sea salt and dab the eye. Possible tear duct clogging. hope it helps

Sandi - posted on 08/27/2009

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It could be a mosquito bite. This happened to my daughter a month ago. Then went away with a small dose of baby benedryl. Sorry spelling is off...it's late. LOL I hope it's nothing serious. All else fails, go to ER or an Urgent care clinic.

Dorothy - posted on 08/27/2009

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Bathe the eye with warm water do not put anything on the eye as you can cause the baby to go blind.

Barbara - posted on 08/27/2009

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Give her an infants' dosage of Benadryl every 4 hrs. It will probably make her sleepy but sometimes it does the opposite & makes them hyper. Just do it until you can see the Dr. If it's a bite it will help and if it's an allergic reaction it will also.

Roslyn - posted on 08/27/2009

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If u feel that she is having an allergic reaction to something, then I suggest taking her to the ER. Even if it isnt an allergic reaction to anything..it still needs to be checked for a couple of reasons..one being to find out what it is and secondly to make sure there isnt something down in her eyelid that is irritating it and thirdly..to make sure there is nothing going on with her eye itself

good luck

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