11mo DD has sticky half closed eyes, started last night. They keep sticking together and im bathing them with cooled boiled water often. I took her to the doctor today who said to leave it until wednesday and then if no better use the eye ointment she gave us on prescription.
Tonight her eyes look really swollen and gunky. Is it really ok to just leave it? Obviously im going to keep bathing them gently but i used to work in a pharmacy and they used to tell people you shouldn't "mess around" with eyes and to get them sorted asap...
What would you do? I do trust the GP but i keep thinking maybe if she could see DD's eyes tonight she may say to use the ointment! Not sure what to do.
DS has this every time he gets a cold. When he was about 6 months he happened to have an appointment with an ophthalmologist on the same day as it flared up. His advice was to just clean it with cool boiled water and only get drops if it didn't clear in 48 hours which it did.
I would start using the eye ointment. Also, if the gunk is thick and yellow it is likely to be bacterial, and you need anti biotic drops/eye cream, if it is watery it is more likely to be viral (could also be herpes virus I believe) and there is a different ointment for that. By the way, conjunctivitis is highly infectious so very important to wash hands, have separate towels etc.
Yes thats what ive been doing too because DD bats my hand away every time, so been wiping corner to corner when i can and sometimes holding the cotton wool against the eye then wiping downwards...it has all crusted now on her eye lids and i can't get it off at all she won't tolerate me holding the cotton wool against it for long enough. Maybe DH should hold her tight while i try for longer. sigh...am off to get the prescription now and hopefully they will look a little better tomorrow night.