Post # 1
I’m definitely NOT anti-doctor or modern medicine BUT I also feel like there are other options worth trying before jumping straight for an antibiotic. I guess I’m a little bit hippy – more so after becoming a mom.
Warren woke up this morning with pink eye. My first thought was to call the doc as soon as they opened – then I did some google searching to find out if there were any natural treatments. Many sights recommended using expressed breast milk to treat the infection. Sounds great to me. My thought was to try this and if it got worse I’d take him right away – or if it doesn’t get better I’d take him in on Wednesday. And hopefully it would just work!!
Well my husband who works in a hospital and is all ‘the more medicine the better’ is totally against this option. I want to be a good wife and respect his opinion so I called the doc to see what they said. Maybe they’d say ‘yep try the breastmilk for a couple days’.
Silly me. Of course they want to see him. Which is fine. I’m not going to deny medical attention or anything (I’m not a kook!). But I feel a little like a woman taking a car to the mechanic. Like I’m going to be taken advantage of and they are just going to say ‘Yep – it’s pink eye – here’s your script’. To which I’ll want to respond “Well the script you gave me 3 weeks ago for thrush did JACK SHIT – and the only way I’ve gotten it under control is good old fashioned vinegar – so why can’t I just try the breast milk :)”
Ok – so what I really want is to know if anyone out there has tried treating pink eye with breast milk?? Or even heard of this?
I’ve done it twice so far today and the redness on the white of his eye has decrease – but it’s still discharging the gook.
(I know I need to find a pedetritian that is open to natural remedies. Then I’d feel 100% AOK if he/she said – this needs a drug or whatever. This is becoming clear to me! Didn’t seem to be an issue when he was just getting well visits.)
Post # 3
I’ve never heard of this. The only thing I’ve heard of is using eye drops or some sort of solution to flush the eyes out, you’d just have to make sure it was sterile and safe for babies. My guess is that’s probably why the milk is decreasing the redness, is it’s flushing out the gunk. Personally I wouldn’t have tried breastmilk because eyes are very sensitive and you could have caused more irritation.
I’m fairly hippy but pink eye is a time when I’d go for medicine and use antibiotic eye drops from the doctor. No need to give him oral antibiotics so you don’t really mess with his digestive system at all. (I’m not an MD – just saying my experiences)
Post # 4
Not all pink eye is bacterial and needs antibiotics. Some cases are viral.
Here is a link so you can sort it out yourself. Do the check your symptoms and read the home treatment.
Post # 5
While I understand your concern about doctors prescribing unnecessary medication (antibiotics etc), it’s probably a good idea to see the doctor so they can figure out what’s causing the pink eye. It could be viral, bacterial, or even allergy related, and the treatment they suggest should be based on what’s causing it in the first place (and the natural breast milk remedy might work for some of the causes mentioned above, but not for others).
In my humble opionion, eyesight isn’t really something you want to mess around with…and if it’s viral (I think a large percentage are) then they shouldn’t be giving you antibiotics anyways. And if they do, there’s nothing saying you MUST use them – just don’t start and then stop them half way through as that can cause all sorts of other issues!
How old is he? Has he been around other little kids?
Whoops – just realized that you weren’t asking about the visit to the doctor – but more so about using breast milk. I haven’t heard of that remedy before, but then again, I don’t have wee ones yet 🙂
Post # 6
Yep. The breastmilk remedy is used all over the rest of the world. It can’t hurt to have it checked out though. Many doctors are familiar with using breastmilk for this purpose and yours might be too.
Post # 7
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I would really recommend against putting breast milk (or anything) in his eyes. You’re best off finding a doctor who you trust to treat it correctly in a way you are comfortable with. Many of my patients want to limit the use of drugs in themselves and their children, and we find a way to work with that… but please don’t try to treat it yourself! (And I’d recommend a pediatric optometrist over a primary care doc when it comes to eye stuff, for what it’s worth.)
*And of course this is not medical advice and I am not your doctor.*
Post # 8
I think homeopathic methods are good for a lot of things…but I would not mess with pink eye.
Post # 9
Thanks for everyone’s feedback – I really appreciate it.
I hemmed and hawed and did some more research and decided to keep trying the breastmilk. It did improve – but this morning (48 hrs) it wasn’t totally healed so I called the doc. Kinda surprising Monday they ‘had to see him’ and today they just called him in a prescription and said if it’s not better by tomorrow make an appt.
I agree this may be one of my crazier parenting moments…
Post # 10
Lol, jilian, maybe I’m a hippy, too, because the first thing I thought was, “Squirt some breast milk in his eye.” 🙂 Fwiw, our birthing instructor told us that many babies develop eye infections in the first few months that can be taken care of with breast milk, so that’s what we had always planned on doing (didn’t end up needing to). It’s good you called the doctor, though, when things didn’t clear up.
Post # 11
I had no idea this was so commonly used. I did think it was really wacky but reading about it makes more sense now (who knows maybe I’ll even try it as a first line), but glad you called the doctor when it didn’t clear up.
Post # 12
FYI – I just had Warren at the doc for his flu shot and asked the doc to check out the thrush and pink eye while we were there. (Even though it’s even better today – but still a little bit swolen)
He made the comment that he’d use breastmilk for a blocked tear-duct – but it might not have enough anti-bacterial kick to wipe out the pink-eye infection. I was glad to hear him say that. Made me feel better about giving it a try 🙂