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#1 3lilreds in NC

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 01:48 PM

Poor Schmooey has had a cold - this is the 2nd week. I knew it would last this long and that's fine. However, both of his eyes have goopy green goo coming out of them. Will it clear up on its own, or do I need to take him in? You'd think I'd know this stuff by the 3rd child, wouldn't you?

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 01:56 PM

Uuummmm... for anyone but me, I'd say "when the goopy green stuff starts appearing". :D

I'm comfortable with treating stuff on my own, though.

If it makes you feel better, after parenting for 20 years and 4 children, I have yet to remember napkins or a change of clothes.

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 02:06 PM

When the eye goo starts, it often means that there is also an ear infection involved.

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 02:58 PM

We always called it a "cold in the eye" as a kid. What it is (usually) is a sinus infection or ear infection (or both) that squeezes out the tear ducts. My youngest had blocked tear ducts and got infections in those (later cleared by a simple operation at around 1 year old) but that is different and not with a cold/sinus issue. Pink eye is gooey but also red, itchy eyes and again, not with cold symptoms.

Green is usually a sinus infection, so green from nose or eyes usually gets us antibiotics. But if DD is really stuffed she will still have mucus in her eyes, without infection. Me, I'd wait unless there was also fever to see if it clears up alone. But we have this a lot, so I know how to deal. Poor kid just has really messed up sinus cavities. She's the queen of boogers!

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 03:04 PM

We were told that most goopy eyes are caused by viruses, and we just use warm rags to keep them clean and comfy. If they do not clear up in 24-48 hours, then I would call the nurse and ask for drops. We have yet to take our youngest in for goopy eyes since learning this from his oncologist. If only we had known a few years ago, our middle DS would not have had so many gentamycin (sp?) drops. Live and learn I guess. If they eye starts to look 'strange' then call right away. Our middle DS did have a nasty infection where it looked like his eye...well, I will spare details, but it was nasty, and that could have been trouble if left untreated.

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 05:15 PM

If he's had congestion, which I assume he does with a cold than it could very well be an ear infection. I'd take him in.

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 06:11 PM

Do you have any breastmilk? I'd use a dropper to see if it helped to clear it up.

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 06:26 PM

The green color would cause me to call the doctor. Green vs. yellow often means an infection needs to be treated. :grouphug: