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Ds (28 months) all of a sudden has a swollen eyelid. It's not swollen shut, and the eye itself is not red at all. But from the outer edge to about 3/4 of the way in, the whole upper eyelid is pretty swollen. It doesn't seem to hurt him, but he does keep rubbing it.<br><br>
What do I do? I put some collyrium eyedrops in - this is an OTC eyewash that I have used if I got a sty - but I don't know if these will help at all. Is there anything that you know of that I can get at the health food store? Do I call the doctor/go to the ER to get antibiotic drops to try to prevent spreading to another eye or to prevent it from getting worse? Or do I wait to see if it swells shut or gets really bad?<br><br>
I don't know if this is related, but ds has some little bites on his body, which I think are mosquitos. I don't see any bite on his eyelid though.<br><br>
He has never had anything like this, and I don't know what to do. What would you do?
 

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Is it red?<br><br>
Is it hot?<br><br>
If so, I would get a doctor's advise. My son once had a bad reaction to mosquito bites and took antibio to get rid of the infection.
 

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It's not red, but it is a little pink. It is not hot as far as I can tell, but he won't let me touch it. I tried putting drops in again, but he squeezes his eyes shut and fights like a maniac, so I'm not sure how effective they are.<br><br>
It's almost bedtime, so I guess I'll just wait and see what happens. I am a little concerned that it coincides with mosquito bites, but I really can't see one anywhere near his eye.<br><br>
Any suggestions for eyedrops or alternative remedies? Has anyone else's toddler had this? What ended up happening? Did it just go away? Did it get worse first?<br><br>
For me, this is by far the hardest part of being a parent - the constant worry, and all the unexpected surprises that sideswipe me.
 

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To get the eyedrops in: wait until he's asleep, warm them to body temp, put the drops on the inside corner of his closed eyelid, then open the eyelid a little to let the drops run in.<br>
Works best if you wait until they hit deep sleep-- for my 2 1/2 yo that takes about 15- 20 min.<br>
Good Luck!
 

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I hope you got some help here. I'm moving this to Health and<br>
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My guess is that its a mosquito bite. The bite may be small, but the swelling, itchiness, and lack of redness and discharge all sound like a bite. I'd keep an eye on it, chances are it will be nearly gone by tomorrow. If his eye starts to get red and have discharge, then I'd call the doctor. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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FWIT Arie had a swollen eyelid 2x this summer. As long as there are no other symptoms, ie: discharge, the Dr. said it is probably a bug bite and just keep an eye on it.
 

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Well, I guess it must have been a bite cuz by this morning it looked a lot better, and by this afternoon was totally gone.<br><br>
Thanks so much for your replies - why does this stuff always happen on a weekend?
 

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Squirt some breastmilk in his eye. I put some in my husbands eye when he had an eye infection and some in my ear when I had an ear infection. It really helped!
 

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Don't sweat it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
It happens to my poor 16 mo. ALL of the time. I leave it alone and it goes away in about two to three days.<br>
I think he gets bitten by mosquitos or something because we're outside all the time. He tends to have a very exaggerated reaction to bug bites. He is a very sensitive boy<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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