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Old 10-09-2009, 09:17 AM   #1
 
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My baby has had pinkeye for over a week. I tried putting breastmilk in her eye 2 days ago, since I'd read that some mothers use it to treat conjunctivitis. Anyone have success with this? Any tips? I've put in a call to the pediatrician since it's a bit worse this morning. I waited this long because I thought it would resolve on its own. I took a picture (it's not a pretty sight).

She doesn't seem bothered by it but I don't want to drag this out, if breastmilk won't be effective.
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I have heard BM works also, but since it has been going on for a while and we are close to the weekend, I would see what the doc says.

poor baby...why do the little ones ALWAYS catch stuff?
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:29 AM   #3
 
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Breastmilk does work wonders for eye inflammations, but I don't think one-shot will do it. I'd put it in her eye several/many times a day.
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I do have to add a funny story about DH. Callie had some baby acne, I told him I was going to put breast milk on it, and that it will clear it up. I went on how it can clear up other things like pink eye...

he looked at me dumbfounded, and said after a minute "how do you get it in there, shoot her in the eye with it?"

and yes he was serious
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:35 AM   #5
 
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Uhh... this worked for me the one time I had pinkeye. The meds my dr gave me weren't working. One of the nurses my Mom worked with was still lactating, and she donated some of her milk to the cause. I can't remember how long I used it or how many times a day, but it seemed to do the trick.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:39 AM   #6
 
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I have used breastmilk on plugged eye ducts, baby acne, diaper rashes, you name it, and usually within 2 days it begins to improve. IF it gets worse its best to see a doc. I never tried it on pink eye though.

Poor baby, my daughter had something like this but it was a cold in her eye, it wasn't red - and I'd squirt her in the eye while she was eating, I know it sounds bad, then massage the tear duct to make the eye water and clean itself, then I'd squirt again. I always used straight from the breast as there was less of a chance for contamination via bottle or dropper.

If it doesn't improve over 3 days Or gets worse deff. see a doc as breast milk may not be doing the trick.
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:07 AM   #7
 
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I second RCW's suggestion to do it several times a day, and like brinabee I do it straight from the tap. I've also used it in Sol's ears before when he had ear infections. I think it was marielle who once said that she uses breastmilk for everything like they use Windex in My Big Fat Greek Wedding
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:10 AM   #8
 
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Gemini, you are brave. Kudos to you for trying the breastmilk. Some people would be a little put off by putting breastmilk in their eyes. I'm glad it worked. You must have been miserable.

I squirted the milk in my baby's eye and she didn't even look uncomfortable. She just stared at me with this white stuff in her eye. But it looked so uncomfortable to me that it just turned me off from doing it again. I'll give it another attempt. Thanks.

Btw, I have tried breastmilk for healing cuts and scrapes.
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Old 10-09-2009, 12:20 PM   #9
 
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I did it to Nadia once. It looked like just the beginning of pinkeye, and I did it straight from the source twice a day for 1.5 or 2 days, and it cleared up. I think the fact that I caught it early helped it go away quick.
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I squirted the milk in my baby's eye and she didn't even look uncomfortable. She just stared at me with this white stuff in her eye. But it looked so uncomfortable to me that it just turned me off from doing it again. I'll give it another attempt. Thanks.


It's not uncomfortable. Breastmilk is the same pH and temperature as her eye. She didn't even feel it.
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Gemini, you are brave. Kudos to you for trying the breastmilk. Some people would be a little put off by putting breastmilk in their eyes. I'm glad it worked. You must have been miserable.
I was a little weirded out, but I was desperate and I trusted that my Mom wouldn't have suggested it if she didn't think it would work! I'd keep trying with the breastmilk, at least until you see the dr (if you do). You're going to be putting some kind of medicine in her eye, might as well be the homemade, all-natural kind.
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Breastmilk heals everything! You just gotta keep doing it. That said, if you do it several times a day for a couple of days and it gets worse, I'd go to the doctor.
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First, I hope her eye heals up soon, medussa. Poor baby.

Secondly, I had no idea breastmilk was quite so handy. A coworker did tell me that it worked way better on her chapped nipples than lanolin cream, but I didn't know it healed so much. Neato.
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First, I hope her eye heals up soon, medussa. Poor baby.

Secondly, I had no idea breastmilk was quite so handy. A coworker did tell me that it worked way better on her chapped nipples than lanolin cream, but I didn't know it healed so much. Neato.
I hated Lanolin, I swear it made everything worse. BM and airing them out worked wonders.

DS is sick and I have totally been adding BM to his milk to help him get better...we shall see if it works
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:00 AM   #15
 
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yes, i have used it. a friend's baby had it and the whole family (mom, dad, baby) kept passing it back and forth until they got it treated. since we had been exposed, i figured that's what it was when her eyes got a little red and mattery. s.o. and i both started having symptoms too, so i just treated all of us with several drops of breast milk a couple times a day. (he was hard to convince, but i made him fear going blind or to the doctor to get drops, haha.)

i expressed the milk into a medicine dropper, and applied it that way. it took about a week, but it cleared up completely for all of us.

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I used medicine to treat pinkeye with Lydia a couple times, but even with the medicine, you have to apply it to the eye twice a day and keep applying for 1-2 days (I don't remember for sure) after all signs of infection disappear. So if you want to treat it with BM, I would do the same, especially keep applying once the eye clears up.

(Both times Lydia got pinkeye, I started with BM and eventually got the medicine anyway, but I don't think I was aggressive enough with the BM.)
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I had no idea BM was such a miracle drug. Poor DD was going to the doctor all the time during her first year. If only I'd known . . .

I just had to chime in though and say how beautiful your wee one is, Medussa. She's absolutely gorgeous!
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:45 AM   #18
 
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I had no idea BM was such a miracle drug. Poor DD was going to the doctor all the time during her first year. If only I'd known . . .

I just had to chime in though and say how beautiful your wee one is, Medussa. She's absolutely gorgeous!
Thanks, Lolo!

I started being more consistent and have seen an improvement, but it has been slow. The pediatrician prescribed Vigamox (2x/day for 4-5 days) and since I had the drops on hand already, I started them on Monday. I have only been doing it once a day since she screams in discomfort whenever I put a drop in her eye. This morning the drops actually made her eye really red. I know from using it myself that the drops really sting.

So, I'm going to stop using the drops and continue with the breastmilk. I'll do that in conjunction with massaging her tearduct, which the pediatrician also recommended. Hopefully by week's end, my little girl will be fully healed. Thanks!
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Baby is 100% better. Thanks for the support.
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So happy to know she's feeling better
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