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Old 03-15-2011, 06:29 PM
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Pink eye :-(- now with pics that have NOTHING to do with the kid

Luca has pink eye; I got the note from preschool, that they have been exposed, and boom, the same day he starts showing symptoms.

I will go see the doc tomorrow, but do you know of any remedies that might make him feel better tonight? He's saying it hurts, itches, and feels like sand in his eyes, plus he's terrified his eyelids will stick together tonight because of discharge.

Any ideas? Thank you!
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:37 PM
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my mom used to dampen a washcloth with warm water (not too hot) and she would gently hold over my eyes. **OH**BUT don't switch the washcloth from his infected eye to his well eye. conjunctivitis (sp?) is very, very contagious. just don't touch the sick eye, then touch your eyes, or his unaffected eye ;)
for the morning, plan on doing the same thing. cause his eyelids will probably be sealed shut.
the ointment the doc gives you, will work really, really fast. oh-and be sure to tell Luca not to rub his eyes, or he might spread it.
good luck with your little man!
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:44 PM
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Thank you!
He's already asleep, but he was TERRIFIED before he went to bed that his eyes were going to be sealed shut. I should not have told him that's a possibility, I just wanted to prepare him. Anyway, he made me promise I will wipe his eyes at night, so they the crust does not harden.

This is sure to be a fun night.
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His eyes will be sealed shut when he wakes up. I have had conjunctivitis several times and it is a huge pain in the ass. A kid will not be able to resist touching the eye, so expect it to get in the other one. The one thing you can do is not to touch your own eyes and have him wash his hands often. Regardless of whether the other eye is infected, you should treat the other eye along with the one infected.
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His eyes will be sealed shut when he wakes up. I have had conjunctivitis several times and it is a huge pain in the ass. A kid will not be able to resist touching the eye, so expect it to get in the other one. The one thing you can do is not to touch your own eyes and have him wash his hands often. Regardless of whether the other eye is infected, you should treat the other eye along with the one infected.
Yes be VERY careful. WASH WASH WASH your hands because you may get it too, if you don't.
It WILL clear up with the meds, but those eyedrops will burn and he will not like them.

Thats how you know you got the drops in

Ava just had pink eye last month. DIL also got it before she knew what was going on.

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Old 03-15-2011, 07:06 PM
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Great. Eye drops that cause a burning sensation?
I will have to chase him all over the house, and have three people hold him down to get them in.

Thanks you for the info!
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:15 PM
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Luckily for us, the eye drops didn't burn. The fear my kids had of actually having drops put in were worse than the drops itself. Good thing is that it clears it up fast.
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:49 PM
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I believe there are a few options. I think I remember using an ointment once or maybe it was in conjunction with the drops. Ask the doctor what options are available and which drops (if applicable) have less reported sensitivity issues. The over the counter drops really bothered my eyes.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:22 PM
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I don't have much to add except... gaaaahhh i feel his pain. My first year of dental school I had pink eye repeatedly over several months. Both my ex and i just could not get rid of it. I do remember having a gel ointment to apply inside my eyelid in addition to the drops though. I don't remember the drops stinging much, but that could be because it feels so awful to begin with that you can hardly notice the difference
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five of my daughters had pink eye a few months ago; none of them complained about the drops burning. luckily, the only daughter that didn't get it is the one who wears contacts.

anyway, warm cloths is a great idea; i use paper towels so can just throw them out.

i treated both eyes because i knew they'd transfer the infection anyway.

hope Luca gets better asap. pink eye sucks. if you have a sanitize mode on your washer, use it and dry everything (sheets, clothes, towels, rags, etc.) on high heat.

oh, and a big fat "NO" to over-the-counter eyedrops.
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:16 PM
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i think most of us have been there with our kids, or ourselves at some point in our lives.
sorry roxana..and big hugs to luca, poor little guy.
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That sounds awful! Hope your little guy gets better Just the thought of the symptoms make me shudder
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:29 AM
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Thank you for the well wishes!

He was given the drops - and get this: I am supposed to have him open his eyes wide, TURN HIS LID INSIDE OUT and create a small pocket to apply the drops, then massage the lid for a minute.

Yeah, that's gonna happen .

Raise your hand if you know many 4 yr olds who will sit quietly while you turn their eyelids inside out.

I find it mind boggling that we can give old men a hard on with Viagra, and we can put men in space, but we can't create a drug that can cure gasp! pink eye without topical application. Sorry, just had to vent.

Poor guy probably has an ear infection too, cause he's complaining his ears hurt.
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:32 AM
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oh man.. sorry roxana!

i wish i were there to help you with the drops. i'm an expert at it. (ricky went through years of eye drops for his amblyopic/esotropic eye)
eta: actually had to treat his good eye though. make it basically blind so the messed up one would work harder.
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:35 AM
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yeah, good luck with that!

Poor thing.

The easiest, and least dreadful way, to put eyedrops in my children's eyes is to have them lay down and then I gently dispense a drop onto the inner corner of each eye. Just on the skin. Do not have the bottle touch his skin, otherwise you risk cross contamination between eyes (if you even need to do both eyes that is). Then I ask them to open their eyes, just normally, while still laying flat. The drop will just wick into onto the eyeball. So no big splash, and they don't even feel it!

Usually, I do it one at a time. You can do both at once if that works out better for Luca, and if he even needs to do both.

Honestly, having to deal with allergy drops and all sorts of stuff during that time, this has been the best method for us. Hope it works for you.

And, I can't advise anything on the massage thing. Yikes.
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^Thanks for the advice, that's what I will do, and hope some of the liquid makes its way to the eye.
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It will, as long as he stays still. Otherwise, it'll run and then he'll be unhappy.

Good luck and let us know how it goes!

Oh, and come to think of it, if he has an ear infection, and he gets treated for it with an oral medication, then he may not even need to eye drops. The oral may take care of it both. You may want to ask his physician about the that. May save you some of that effort and help him deal with it better.
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Other topic...

Today is our 10 yr anniversary.

Because of the sick, contagious kid, we had dinner at home.
I wore this



Hubby liked it.
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i bet he did. you are stunning.

hope your son feels better quickly.
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I hope Luca gets to feeling better and that the eye drops go okay. You're outfit is hot, I can see why hubby liked it!
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You look great! That's awesome that you got dressed up and made the at home celebration special. How sweet!

I sure hope Luca gets better soon!
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i bet he did. you are stunning.

hope your son feels better quickly.


You look fantastic as usual.
I hope you had a lovely evening together at home.
Lots to be said for creativity and making the most of the moment
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yeah, good luck with that!

Poor thing.

The easiest, and least dreadful way, to put eyedrops in my children's eyes is to have them lay down and then I gently dispense a drop onto the inner corner of each eye. Just on the skin. Do not have the bottle touch his skin, otherwise you risk cross contamination between eyes (if you even need to do both eyes that is). Then I ask them to open their eyes, just normally, while still laying flat. The drop will just wick into onto the eyeball. So no big splash, and they don't even feel it!

Usually, I do it one at a time. You can do both at once if that works out better for Luca, and if he even needs to do both.

Honestly, having to deal with allergy drops and all sorts of stuff during that time, this has been the best method for us. Hope it works for you.

And, I can't advise anything on the massage thing. Yikes.
this is what i do as well; works well and keeps the fighting and resistance down.

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It will, as long as he stays still. Otherwise, it'll run and then he'll be unhappy.

Good luck and let us know how it goes!

Oh, and come to think of it, if he has an ear infection, and he gets treated for it with an oral medication, then he may not even need to eye drops. The oral may take care of it both. You may want to ask his physician about the that. May save you some of that effort and help him deal with it better.
i was thinking the same when she mentioned a possible ear infection.

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Today is our 10 yr anniversary.

Because of the sick, contagious kid, we had dinner at home.
I wore this



Hubby liked it.
hot damn, Luca! you are just amazingly beautiful.

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i bet he did. you are stunning.

hope your son feels better quickly.
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You look fantastic as usual.
I hope you had a lovely evening together at home.
Lots to be said for creativity and making the most of the moment
this.
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Yeah, I made pasta Diavolo with shrimp, squid and scallops, and homemade Tiramisu. They were both yummy - we also had red wine and champagne.

(The day we got married we went to City Hall - just the two of us - then we ate at Olive Garden. I KNOW. We were poor. We thought it was the best day ever.)

Edit: Shi, you called me Luca! Ha!
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Roxana -- you are an fantastic AF member, a lovely wife, and a wonderful mom. And dang, you are so gorgeous too!
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