Our 2yr old has picked up conjunctivitis. Never had it before so this is new to me. It was in one eye one morning and by the afternoon it had puffed/swollen up. I managed to put some breastmilk in his eye. The next day the swelling was down but his eye was still red with a bit of yellow gunk coming out AND it had spread to his other eye.
That was three days ago. I stopped putting breastmilk in his eyes because I wasn't sure if it was helping plus he hates it. Fights and screams. His eyes are now not swollen but his eye balls are watery and blood red around the edges and the skin around his eyes is slightly pink. The pharmacist gave us some Chlorsig today. But I'm reluctant to use it. And we tried going to the doctor, they were fully booked, so we waited at the hospital for 3 hours before leaving because we couldn't wait any more.
So... mums/dads out there who have experienced the joys of pink eye... how long does it typically last for? Would you use chlorsig or breastmilk to treat it?
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27-11-2014 22:31 #1Senior Member
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Conjuctivitis - chlorsig or breastmilk?
27-11-2014 22:42 #2
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. Also you might find it easier to express a bit into a tablespoon and either tip it in if they are co-operating or use a syringe or eye dropper.
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27-11-2014 22:48 #3
Depends if it's bacterial or viral conjunctivitis. If it's viral, chlorsig won't help anyway but the good news it will go away on its own. Breastmilk or warm salty water on a cotton ball and one wipe from centr out will help unstick the eyes in the morning. If it's bacterial then chlorsig will help. My dd has had to undergo 2 eye surgeries and also had a blocked tear duct so was a regular user of chlorsig as a baby with no ill effects so it is quite safe for little ones if that is a concern.
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27-11-2014 22:50 #4
You should prob see a doctor for a proper diagnosis but I was under the impression if the eye has a watery discharge then it's likely viral but if it's green and pusy then more probably bacterial...
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27-11-2014 22:56 #5
Two of our children had blocked ducts and two of them were fine.
The two that had blocked ducts from birth have developed conjunctivitis a few times as the eye can't properly clean itself out. Thankfully they've both outgrown it now and the duct works.
One of them had to use a specific sort as the chlorsig didn't work.
I prefer the ointment in the tube as it sticks in the eye longer and is more effective in a short period of time. Still need to do it for three days though and wash, wash, wash.
I should add that I always flush the eye with saline solution a few times first to check whether it is bacterial or not. If it comes back pussy in a short period of time then it's time to get meds.
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28-11-2014 06:12 #6Senior Member
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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?
28-11-2014 06:20 #7
I have actually never heard to use breastmilk for conjunctivitis. I have always used warm salty water wiping the eye with a cloth. Never using same part of the cloth for each wipe. I would do this every 30min/hour
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28-11-2014 06:39 #8
Dd had conjunctivitis when she was around 5 weeks old. The chemist have me some chlorsig and I also asked for saline but you can make your own. (I couldn't be bothered and its only $1 per tube)
I just used cotton wool with the saline and wipes from the inside out, and then applied the chlorsig. The chemist told me the trick was to put a drop on the inside of the eye (close to the nose) and it didn't matter if her eyes were shut because she would blink it through anyway).
My 5 weeker had no ill effects from the chlorsig and it cleared it up within about 2 days.
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28-11-2014 06:52 #9
I would be flushing the eye every 2 hours with saline. You can get fess wipes too. I would see a Dr. Get pathology done so you know if it's viral or bacterial.
Then do what the Dr says. Though I would use chlorsig. I can't understand why you wouldn't.
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28-11-2014 07:06 #10
I've actually had great success with colloidal silver. I make my own so at first signs I drop it in. When I had a case coming on it was gone within 20 minutes. It was like a miracle. Chlorsig is awful and leaves a horrid taste.
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