swollen eyes?

Jess - posted on 08/04/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi there im jess

Im new to the site but though it was a great place to help and be helped! i have a little girl Aliyah who is 9 months old today 4 days ago she woke up with quite swollen puffy eyes, emediatly i though allergic reaction to something. we took her to the doctors but they didnt tell us much just to keep an eye on her. as the morning went on the swelling wasnt as prominent, then when she went down for a nap it swelled again??? the next day she had no nothing only to wake up yesterday with swollen eyes again! took her back to doc who has told us to take her off all dairy except formula (even though i feel that is not the cause) and again keep an eye on her for 3-4 days... she is happy within herself and it dosnt seem to bother her but it is quite worrying to us.

Just wondering has anyone had a similar experience to this with there children???

if so did you find out the cause?

if you could give me any info it would help a very worried mum!

Thankyou...

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Helen - posted on 08/08/2009

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For my daughter, it was either pinkeye/conjunctivitis, a mosquito bite, or hay fever/seasonal allergies. There were several other times with food allergies. If it is a dairy allergy, then she shouldn't be on the formula because they contain dairy/milk protein. (Look for casein, whey, sodium caseinate - all milk/dairy names.) My daughter had to go on special formula (Neocate) because she could not break down the proteins. Found out 2 years later she was severely allergic to milk and egg. Some baby foods you would need to stop, as well. Maybe see an allergist to verify! Sometimes my daughter would have swollen eyes if she had fluid built up in her ear canal (ear infection). Maybe see another doctor for an opinion...

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Hi my son is 8 now and has had issues with his eyes since around 9 months old, it is allergies and his are usually bought about from cat fur, dust and particullarly in winter dry skin on his eyelids... crazy hey!! anyway I had alot of issues with childcare centres sending him home when they swelled up because sometimes they would get a little mucky which is the eyes way of protecting itself, the eyes is literally trying to discharge the irritant, anyway the childcare centres kept saying he had conjuctivitis, because it presents similarly, our doctors says it is allergic conjuctivitis and it is not contagious. We had to get a letter from the doctor to keep him in care.

Try washing all her cot sheets in non-allergenic washing detergents etc and is you have animals perhaps removing them from the room while she sleeps.. hopefully it is something that simple!!!

Sue.

Amber - posted on 08/04/2009

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I had the same issue with my little girl a few months ago, did they check for an eye infection?? Also, if they dont find an infection of the eye, it can still be an infection of the skin tissue around the eye. If the dr doesnt seem to be helping, you might consider a second opinion.

Jess - posted on 08/04/2009

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Thanx for these few answers already.

When is took her to the doc she did not have a temp, infection, weeze or any form of congestion in her airways. marta- i know what you meen in regard to our puffy eyes when we wake up but hers are definatly more pronounced than the usual for of this. it does not seem to bother her but she has all ways rubbed her eyes a bit! it is not red or hot or any rash that we can see either.

But its really hard to tell as she is such a happy baby and i know because of past experience that she can be quite sick and you would never know!

Thanx guys i will keep an eye out and anymore info would be fab!

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Jess - posted on 08/07/2009

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Quoting Susan:

Hi my son is 8 now and has had issues with his eyes since around 9 months old, it is allergies and his are usually bought about from cat fur, dust and particullarly in winter dry skin on his eyelids... crazy hey!! anyway I had alot of issues with childcare centres sending him home when they swelled up because sometimes they would get a little mucky which is the eyes way of protecting itself, the eyes is literally trying to discharge the irritant, anyway the childcare centres kept saying he had conjuctivitis, because it presents similarly, our doctors says it is allergic conjuctivitis and it is not contagious. We had to get a letter from the doctor to keep him in care.
Try washing all her cot sheets in non-allergenic washing detergents etc and is you have animals perhaps removing them from the room while she sleeps.. hopefully it is something that simple!!!
Sue.



susan,



thankyou for this reply as i do feel that this could be whats goin on. the dogs dont go into her room at all, but the last week has been very fine weather were we are. and since in the last couple of days i have started to her people complaining about pollen allergie flairing up i starten this think this may be the problem! also funny you say in regards to flakey skin on eye lids as my mother and i suffer badley from this! i havnt noticed this problem with aliyah but it may be on a much smaller scale...



thanx

Megan - posted on 08/07/2009

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Jessica, try a warm washcloth to the eye using a different corner each time and massage from the inside out several time a day. If its a blocked ducted the warm "compress" of the washcloth with help work it loose and also help decrease the puffiness. Also watch for any increase in drainage from the eyes. If it starts to become thick yellow or even green it could be a sign of an infection and you will need to take your little one back to the doctor. But best of luck. Just remember to use a different corner of the washcloth each time you go the corner of the eye so you don't transfer any possible germs to the eye duct.

Nicolle - posted on 08/07/2009

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One of mine had the same thing and it was a clogged tear duct. The Dr said to press and massage the area several times a day and it went away.

Natishia - posted on 08/07/2009

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My son would have crusty eyes when he was little, everyday. I always washed them off with a very warm washcloth. When I started giving him goat milk the crusty eyes stopped. He has some nasal allergies now. I now know it was eye allergies causing the crusty eyes. My grandson has red eyes so bad that the school would send him home for pink eye. He didnt have it. He got allergy tested and it is dust mite allergy. I have swollen eyes when I wake and i have very bad eye allergies at times.

Mother of 4 and Grama of 10

Jess - posted on 08/05/2009

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hi amber yes they checked for an eye infection but there was nothing that was visable, i will have to mention to doc about the possibility of soft tissue infection. i have had 2 seperate opinions i took her to see 1 doc on sunday as my regular doc was unavailable and then my regular doc on tuesday... unfortunatly niether could shed much light on it for us.

Marta - posted on 08/04/2009

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I don't think it's too much to worry about. If the puffiness was accompanied by redness then I would ask to be refered to a pediatric opthamologist in case it's an infection but it just sounds like the same thing we get when we sleep and wake up with puffy eyes. She might be getting saliva or spit up in her eyes (if she's a thumb sucker or gnaws on her fists this is entirely plausible) you could try putting some clean socks or scratch mits on her hands with every nap that she takes. Otherwise keep following the doctors orders; you could also switch her to a soy based formula if you don't notice any improvements. If you do switch her to the soy based formula don't be surprised if her poop, spit up and breath smell differently it's just because of the soy. Also, I would feel the eyes when they are puffy and when they aren't: are they hot to the touch or do they feel normal? Are there any other symptoms which accompany the puffy eyes (a rash, really fussy, does she rub them when they are puffy or is she unaware)? Take note of any changes daily and keep an eye out for other symptoms that way when you go back to the doctors office you can give him/her a detailed account of the past several days and how she's progressed. Best of luck.

Shirley - posted on 08/04/2009

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my son had the same thing... the Doc said it was a clogged tear duct. I was told to gntly massage the corner of his eyes

Katarina - posted on 08/04/2009

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I haven't had that experience with my son but I did have it myself. After about 6 months of puffy eyes, a swollen tongue, and what looked like a bad botox treatment on my lips I did about 4 different allergy tests. The results all came back inconclusive. The Dr. told me it was Hives, not caused by allergies but just a skin condition and that it would go away on its own. It did go away about 3 weeks later. I found cold compresses worked the best to get the swelling down.

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