Ok, so now here we are, all 4 of my kiddos got pink eye, 2 with ear infections. My oldest, 7, just got the pink eye. My youngest is on the last day of his eye drops (called in by the doc) and in the meantime everyone has come down with a very mucusy cold with a heck of a cough that we are all coming out of. The cold has just manifested in a relentless cough but is now easing up. My youngest 19 mo, never really had a cough but he just stared a few days after his pinkeye came on with a runny nose that didn't start clear but started out yellow and greenish. Now after several days of it it's lessening and starting to go to clear, except in the AM when they are all mucusy.
Ok, so here is my question. I haven't taken him to the doc as he doesn't have a fever, his eye is better and now what I was worried was a bacterial infection because of the color of his snot is turning clear. My question is if I cleared the eye what if there is still an underlying bacterial or bacterial ear infection, or was his mucus from his nose simply his version of the cold we all got but he couldn't blow his nose? i worry once he stops his drops his pink eye will all come back and we will start all over. (I also had all of us on drops while he had it because it would have been a mess and my kids would have all got it again).
Ok, so I know this is confusing. But my question is I hate to take him to the doc because even if they see something in his ears it's obvious to me his body is taking care of it. The medicine took care of the pink eye but I worry I'll go through this all again if he gets it and spreads it to them all again. however, I hate to put him on antibiotics if his body is taking care of it. Do I just let him come off the drops and hope his runny nose stops soon after and he doesn't reinfect everyone else? Am I overthinking it and my other dc will be fine since they've had it before even if he gets it again? I can't tell the difference between the cold and the bacterial infection (with my oldest ds who got it first it was cultured as HIB ear and eye infection but everyone handled it different, my oldest didnt get the ear affects just the pink eye so I'm hoping this is the case with my 19 mo).
Should I just let him go off the drops and see what happens instead of needlessly putting him on antibiotics for something his body is taking care of? I worry it will come back if the bacteria is still there and I'll be washing, washing, washing again. I can't take it!
And the next go round (hopefully never but who knows) i will use the silver suggestions and soft saline solution. good ideas. it'd be nice to not have to get a perscription all the time.
thanks for listening , i know i'm confusing.