DS2 is 11 days and today developed a sticky eye, a little red at times but not sore looking. Have read about using breastmilk to treat? Anyone tried this, how do you go about it? If not better monday will see GP or OOH tomorrow if very sore looking.
You think by now i would be used to this kind of thing wouldn't you, but hate to think it is sore.
i have never heard of the breast milk thing but i was coming on to say just use pure cooled boiled water and cotton wool. DS occasionally gets sticky eye and it has always worked for him. Start at the inside corner of the eye and work out. Dont wipe it twice with the same bit IYSWIM.
I was advised breast milk too. DD1 had a sticky eye caused by a blocked tear duct, until she was nearly 2 though, despite the breastmilk and everything else. Int he end we tried cranial osteopathy and it got better very fast - but whether it was the treatment or that she'd outgrown the blocked duct I have no idea!
Yes I used breastmilk to treat this. It works (really well, in fact) because it contains something which prevents the virus from adhering to the eye, or something. You can squirt directly into the eye or express into a small sterilised container and drip or syringe it in.
Same advice follows about cotton wool - wipe gently from the corner nearest the nose to the opposite corner, and only use each piece once.
I heard a story about a large family who used this method for all of them, the teenage son got conjunctivitis so came to ask his mum for some breastmilk for it, then seemed to realise what he'd asked and immediately panicked and said "Not directly from the breast though!"
Yup, I'd heard breastmilk too - it has natural antibiotics in it. A pharmacist also advised me to use dilute baby shampoo, but I really didn't like the idea of doing that (so didn't) - so have no idea if it works.
Breastmilk has healing properties on loads of things. It's quite surprising (and amazing!) I've also used it on burns, to clear a blocked nose, and heard about it being used on wasp stings and eczema too.