Call back, ask for the ointment instead - much easier to apply to a struggling tot. It should start to clear up within 72 hours but may take up to five days to abate totally. If you are not getting the drops in, it will take much longer.
Could be viral in which case antibiotic eye drops will not work. It will clear in 10-14 days. Use cooled down boiled water and cotton wool balls to clean eyes, wiping towards nose. Conjunctivitis can look awful but does not hurt and apart from babies usually not liking it when their eyelashes are "glued" together by discharge, they are not too bothered. Does your baby have a cold? It if often part of that. As far as applying goes: IME, 2 person job, one person to pin child down, another to lift upper eye lid, squirt drops/ointment in and then blinking will make sure it all goes in the right places. Hugs and cuddles afterwards. Also, it is v contagious. Make sure everybody does lots of handwashing. DS2 had it a couple of years ago - we all got it, and then he had it again. Not sure what it says about hygiene in our house ...
We've had endless rounds of conjunctivitis and it usually starts to improve after 24 hours, if not then 48 hours. Once it didn't work and we had to switch drops because the doc said DD's infection was resistant to the first lot.
It is a nightmare getting the drops in and we've always just had to make do with a good aim! Still seems to work though.
Have you got chlorophemonol (or something like that?)
I do recommend asking for the once a day drops (taken for 5 days). They are different to the above ones but so much easier than trying to do this 3 or 4 times a day.
Yes it's chlorowhatsit. I was thinking of asking them for the fucimithingy instead as it seemed to work better on DH than the other ones. We've all had eye infections in the last 4 weeks, despite doing the hand washing & towel separating etc. It seems to be particularly stubborn for some reason.
She doesn't seem to have a cold at the moment but she is teething which means lots of snot, which she then wipes across her face & into her eyes. I doubt this is helping...
DS used to get this loads (and is just getting over the latest lot). Cleaning with cooled boiled water as often as possible to remove all the gunk has worked to keep it under control the last few times - first few times he had drops and they are a nightmare to get in (found the gel easier). I disagree that it doesn't hurt - if it's not kept under control the skin around the eye swells and goes red, and the eye gets bloodshot - looks so sore
BTW for eye washing with water - make sure the water is still warm as it helps to get rid of the gunk. If you're struggling to get it out of her lashes, then hold the cotton wool on (with the warm water on) for a few seconds to soak and soften the gunk.
yes, it does worked a dream on 4wo DD. Didn't work so well on DS but then he wouldn't lie still long enough (even asleep). Give it a good squirt on, leave it for as long as you can and then dab it gently with dry cotton wool (to get up the excess rather than wipe it off). I noticed a dramatic improvement after the second go!
I've been trying the sterile water, but breastmilk's not an option as she's almost 13 months old & feeding only worked for us for 6 days before my milk spontaneously dried up. (Had a bit of a hard time with delivery & was very unwell afterwards.)
Thanks for all your help ladies. Who would have thought something so simple would go on for so long & cause so many problems?