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#1 of 6 Old 09-29-2006, 09:59 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My 2 (almost 3) year old had some gunk in his eyes yesterday, but not much. He woke up this morning with both eyes crusted shut. He normally gets eye discharge when he had a sinus cold; he is just getting over one.

I usually just put breast milk in them and keep them clean, but I'm preg with #2 and can't get any breast milk out. I HATE those drops the Dr's prescribe (I swear it makes it worse).

Any ideas? Suggestions? I am putting him in to a warm bath right now to help decrust the eyes, but what can i put in them in case it's an infection?

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Going from memory here - there are three different kinds of conjuntivitis. Bacteria, which the drops will help with (Cyloxan?), viral, which is probably due to sinus infection, or injury, like you've worn your contacts too much. If you call the Doctor, they're just going to prescribe drops. I've never had one actually swab for the bacteria. It was years before I realized that my conjuntivitis was usually due to injury (wearing my contacts too long) and that it made no difference if I used drops in the time it took to clear it up.

You can just keep putting lukewarm compresses over his eyes to keep them clear. Also try massaging the tear dust and sinus area, in outward motions (towards your pinkies). Running the humidifier may help.

I've had success with the homeopathic medicine - I think it's called Bright Eyes?
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Anyone else have suggestions/experience?

Thanks Burgundy! I had him in a bath and put warm water on his eyes, that cleared them up. He's been fine most of the day, no crusties after nap, just slightly red puffy eyes (not much, just like he'd been crying) and slight discharge, mostly white which he's either cried out (when we had to leave the store today or when he couldn't have chocolate for dinner) or wiped away on his own.

There seems to be a little more discharge this evening as the night wears on.

Anyone else have any other ideas? I really think it's just part of his (and now my) sinus infection. I really want to know how I can clear this up. It's so frustrating not having my built-in antbacterial (aka breastmilk) available in ready supply!! Burgundy, tomorrow I will look for your Bright Eyes suggestion thanks!!

I have to keep him home from Preschool unless I send him with the eye ointment - ugh, I don't want to put him through that. Unfortunately I have a really busy week and hope he can go to Preschool Monday, (which he loves).

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I wouldn't send him to preschool until he's entirely cleared up. Even if it's not contagious... it's not fair to the teacher to have to keep cleaning it up, and the other kids may become grossed out by it.

Did you try massage? Just gently push from his nose across the cheekbones towards the ears, and also on his tear ducts towards the pinkies.
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My sons have that right now (well, one is over it, the other just got it), In our case it is bacterial and I think the crusting is usually a sign of bacteria. The viral ones have less discharge and it is usually white or clearish and doesn't crust. Still, he doesn't have to take anything--though it would clear up a little faster with antibiotic drops. I'm not using them and one guys cleared up in two days. I think it is normally 5 to 7 and I am treating him like he is still contagious--which for us means no contact with other kids and very frequent had washing. I'm using warm water cloths. I read silver can be used in the eyes too so that is another idea.

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Get a Rue Fennel tincture from Whole Foods and an empty tincture bottle. Fill the empty bottle with saline and add 4-5 drops of the Rue Fennel. That stuff works better than antibiotics to kill eye infections. It's been a life saver over the years. And if the skin right by the eye gets a little pink from it dripping out it's totally fine and doesn't sting or hurt anything.
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