Posting this in Health & Healing forum too in hopes of lots of responses.
Ina's eye [4 years old] had a pussy greenish thick discharge this afternoon - I thought maybe she'd gotten some leaf grit in it (outside helping dh rake leaves today) - but it's still discharging despite being washed with a warm clean washcloth several times now. I hand-expressed some milk and put that in her eye and I think the discharge is a little less now ....?
I've been reading online and there is a connection between swimming and pink-eye - Ina has been in swimming lessons for three weeks now. She started rubbing her eyes vigorously at bedtime a few nights ago but I thought she was just trying to stay awake. Maybe this has been bothering her for awhile with no symptoms? She does not have "pink" eyes, they look healthy (other than the discharge from one eye, and it's starting to look a little puffy around it).
I need to make a Ped appointment tomorrow; we are supposed to travel to visit family Wednesday through Sunday. I've read that we shouldn't travel the first day after pink eye diagnosis and treatment beginning (?) - I'd think if we stayed in the car and took precautions in restrooms and with family (we'd be at a hotel the first night) we'd be fine, wouldn't we? (I will ask the Ped this too).
My eye is starting to feel funny now too - either I didn't wash hands well enough or else I've an active imagination. Babe's eyes seem fine right now. I'm anticipating that Ped will suggest an antibiotic for me, Ina, and SJ too (probably not for dh since he has less kid-contact and can be more careful than I can
). I will keep expressing and putting milk in Ina's eye tonight and in the morning before we go to the Ped, too.
Any other suggestions or things I should consider instead of this being Pink Eye that you can think of? Anything I need to bring up with the Ped? Has anyone successfully treated Pinkeye with just breastmilk?
I did read that she's not to be in a pool 'til the pinkeye is resolved, which stinks as she's only halfway through her lessons and is a Beginning Beginner. And loves her lessons!
It looks like bacterial is less infectious and can clear up in 3-4 days with treatment, so I'm hoping that's what she's got - but it looked like viral was more likely if it were swimming-related?