(Closed) Natural Remedies – Pink Eye

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2820 posts
Sugar bee

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 # 5
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

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
7494 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think homeopathic methods are good for a lot of things…but I would not mess with pink eye.

Post # 10
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
2820 posts
Sugar bee

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.

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