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    Just so everyone knows... breastmilk has antibacterial properties and it was recommended to us numerous times for both my children's blocked tear ducts by gps, nurses and even our ophthalmologist so there is definatley some science behind it. chlorsig is perfectly safe on young children but they don't recommend long term use which is why we were always alternating between chlorsig, salt water and breastmik.

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    Clean the eyes with saline wipes (single use with each wipe so you aren't spreading the germs around) & then drop a few drops of breastmilk into the corner of the eye & let it spread down.

    Breastmilk has both anti viral & anti bacterial properties, so irrespective of the type of infection it will clear it up

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    If the breast milk isn't helping, then I would try swabbing with warm salty water several times a day. If that's not helping then I would start the clorsig.

    My youngest kept getting conjunctivitis and I would always try breast milk then salt water before I would start clorsig (on the advice of our gp). Generally I found that he always needed the clorsig to clear it up, especially if it spread to both eyes.

    Good luck...it's very hard getting drops in their eyes!! You need to pin them down. Easier if you have a second person!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by headoverfeet View Post
    I'd use breastmilk (always have...even on my 7yr old lol) how often are you using it? I do it every 2 hours or so.
    I was putting some in morning, noon, and bedtime for the first couple days so probably not enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
    I would start with the chlorsig, and book into the GP just in case. Don't go to hospital for conjunctivitis, please.

    In my experience, breastmilk doesn't work for conjunctivitis. Why are you reluctant to use the chlorsig?
    We went to the hospital because the doctor was fully booked for the day and his eye (the part underneath) had swollen up like a golf ball, so much that he couldn't open his eye. I wanted a doctor to tell me if that was normal for conjunctivitis. But after waiting 3 hours the swelling started to go down a bit, and he was in better spirits, so for both of those reasons (two year olds can't sit still!! ) we went home.

    Reluctant to use chlorsig simply because it says "antibiotic" (topical, not internal, I know) and I like avoiding antibiotics whenever possible. Even more so after seeing this on ABC the other night about the over-use of antibiotics...
    http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2014/s4135091.htm

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    If I had conjunctivitis I'd prefer to use chlorsig, not breastmilk (which I believe to be an old wives tale). So I'd do the same for my child.

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    Thanks for all the replies and for helping me with my first case of conjunctivitis. The first of many I'm sure. We put a drop of chlorsig in each eye last night and again this morning. Hopefully it does the trick. And next time I'll be more liberal with the breastmilk.

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    I used breastmilk everytime. When breastmilk comes out of the body - it's completely sterile.

    Definitely not an old wives tale - there is science to back the use of it for many things.


 

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