As if we weren’t dealing with enough illness in this house, now the Fuzz has Conjunctivitis. I’ll spare you a photo since I wouldn’t want his cuteness quotient to be ‘smeared’ by visions of eye goop.
I always thought the name Conjunctivitis sounded exactly like what it was: junk-in-the-eye, but it is also the ailment known as ‘Pink Eye.’
Pink Eye is highly contagious. Currently, no one else in the house has it. I actually had it about a month ago, but although I’m not a doctor, I would think it would be really hard for him to contract it from me after all that time. We’ve washed everything at least a few times since then. I’m sure I’m wrong though and I somehow gave it to him (cue guilt pangs).
Just like with most of these diseases we’ve had over the last month, there are two kinds of Conjunctivitis: bacterial and viral. Bacterial Conjunctivitis is treatable with antibiotics, but viral is not. Our pediatrician says his is probably viral and the only real treatment for the viral version is chamomile or black tea applied to the eyes. This is tricky since the tea should be warm, but not hot (to burn him) and the slice of time when things stay warm without getting too warm or too cold is very slim.
Also, just in case, she gave me a scrip for the bacterial version. I don’t like to overuse antibiotics since I learned their effectiveness wanes if you do. However, since this is an eye ointment and not an oral suspension version, I feel like I may as well try it and hope that it helps to clear out the goop as soon as possible. This little guy is a trooper. Hopefully Fuzz’s immune system will be made of steel once he’s a toddler.
Did your baby ever have Pink Eye? Any remedies I don’t know about?
Photo Credit: Flickr/littledebbie11