Pink Eye- Not a debate

Kate CP - posted on 04/09/2011 ( 39 moms have responded )

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My 5 year old has pink eye or what I'm pretty sure is pink eye. We can't get in to a doctor until Monday. I'm wondering 2 things:

1. Should I take her to an urgent care clinic tomorrow AM or just wait until Monday?
2. Do the homeopathic eye drops for pink eye really help soothe the symptoms? She's miserable and needs to sleep. Help ASAP, ladies!

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Nikki - posted on 04/09/2011

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Have you got any breast milk? it works. IN Australia you can buy over the counter medicated drops from the Chemist. They only work of you catch it before they have had it for 48 hours.

Johnny - posted on 04/09/2011

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I used my own breast milk on my own pink eye. I thought it was crazy, and I just did it to prove the crazy lactivist telling me to do it that she was wrong. Boy did I eat my words when my pink eye cleared up right away! I hope that I know a nursing mom at the time if I ever get it again. Worked magic!

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Stifler's - posted on 04/13/2011

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Bahaha what Johnny said, they can't market breastmilk so they don't care.

Kate CP - posted on 04/12/2011

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That's what I noticed, too! There is NOTHING out there about the healing properties of breast milk for eye conditions except home remedy info. I can't believe it's never been researched. Then again, big pharma would have a hard time bottling and selling it.

Johnny - posted on 04/12/2011

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I'm not surprised your doctor had that reaction. Mine did when I mentioned it. I googled it and despite extensive results, most were home remedy and parenting sites. Not a single reputable medical website mentions it as a cure. Having known lots of people who have had very quick results, I'd have to guess that as usual, no one has studied it so it isn't considered valid. There's no money in breastmilk.

Kate CP - posted on 04/11/2011

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Well I took her to the doctor and he looked at me like I was nuts when I told him about the breast milk. But the gook coming out of her eye was yellow, not green, and it's GONE. Her other eye is infected now so we're doing the same treatment on the other eye and you can hardly tell she's got an infection after just one "dose". I'm using it in my own eyes because they've been feeling kind of itchy and I haven't had any discharge or anything.

My doctor can think I'm nuts. It's working and it's free and safe...so nya. :P

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/11/2011

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I never would have thought to use breast milk. How interesting. Kate, are you gonna continue to use breast milk, or take her to the doc? Just curious on how it is working.

Tara - posted on 04/11/2011

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There are two kinds of pink eye, bacterial and viral.
If it's bacterial the breast milk will clear it up in a day or two, if it's viral you'll need to get drops for her.
Polysprorin makes an ear and eye drop. It's over the counter and works like a charm.

Mel - posted on 04/11/2011

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Ok I read somewhere its conjuntivitis, I had no idea what it was my kids both got it 6 months ago, the drops worked fine as long as they were used without missing doses and for the right amount of time. had to use it on my 1 week old baby

Jocelyn - posted on 04/11/2011

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I put breast milk in my ear when I get ear infections. Just saying lol.

Dana - posted on 04/10/2011

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It probably was Jessica and pink eye will go away on it's own after a few days. :)

Jessica - posted on 04/10/2011

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Wow... wish I would have known this a week ago, when I had pink eye (or what I thought was pink eye... eye was red and swollen and goopy; it felt irritated but didn't itch very much). I'm BFing my 2 month old too so I could have tried that! It went away in a couple days on its own though.

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Good luck at the doctor tomorrow!

I put breastmilk in mine and my son's eye when we all had pink eye (girls wouldn't let me do their's....). It burned.... but helped.

Kate CP - posted on 04/10/2011

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I just dropped some in her eye about 30 minutes ago and I can already see a difference. That's frickin' amazing!

On a less happy note the kid also has an ear infection AND another bacterial vaginitis infection. I'm now officially scared that she's got the same immune disorder that I have. Tomorrow we're going to the doctor and I'm going to have him draw a CBC.

Dana - posted on 04/10/2011

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I hope it gets better! You'd probably have better results if she'd let you put some in her eye with an eye dropper.

Kate CP - posted on 04/10/2011

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Well, she's doing better today. I got her to put a piece of gauze soaked in BM on her eye for a while and she hasn't messed with her eye or complained of it itching since. However, it's still really red and swollen and oozing yellow gook. I think I'm going to take her to the doctor tomorrow if it doesn't clear up by then. Thanks for all the help, ladies! :)

Desiree - posted on 04/10/2011

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and don't let your child out in bright sun light it can damage the retina. Thats why people with Pink Eye (Congunctivites) usually wear sun glasses it protects the eye.

Stifler's - posted on 04/10/2011

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Last time I had it I just got the drops from the chemist too. It cleared it up in a few days.

Jenn - posted on 04/10/2011

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I've used the Polysporin Ear & Eye drops before and they work great - you get them OTC.

Stifler's - posted on 04/10/2011

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I knew it! I always see pink eye in American movies and think what the hell is pink eye?!

Alyssa - posted on 04/10/2011

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I second the BM!! I was sceptical but cleared up my oldest sons pink eye too :)

Jocelyn - posted on 04/10/2011

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I was going to suggest breast milk as well, but Nikki beat me to it lol :P
I've also used those Polysporin Eye and Ear drops with success.
But breast milk was easier and free lol

Nikki - posted on 04/09/2011

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Yes Holly I used to use it for cuts too. I have a pretty bad immune system and it takes weeks for cuts to heal, putting breast milk on them made the healing time heaps quicker.

Hmmm maybe we should bottle some and sell it as a natural remedy! lol

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Yup - another amazing thing breastmilk can do! It can also soothe rashes and a lot of other things. :)

Nikki - posted on 04/09/2011

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No not kidding, it works really well. Issy and I both had it bad when she was 3 months old and I couldn't get to the doctor. I rang my health nurse and she told me to squirt it in every couple of hours. Cleared up over night, but I kept applying it for another 24 hours to be safe.

Kate CP - posted on 04/09/2011

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Are you kidding? I have TONS of breast milk. I'm currently nursing my 11 week old. I'll give that a shot, too. Thanks, Nikki!

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