M.Y. asks from Kalamazoo, MI on May 23, 2009
Pink Eye - Kalamazoo,MI
Hey everyone...my daughter had pink eye last Tues and was given drops for it. Her last day of the drops is today. About two hours ago I noticed gunk coming out of my sons eye and his is red too...just like my daughters was. I called the Dr and since they were closed talked to the person who registers each call. She scheduled us an appt for tomorrow morning and then took my info so the nurse could call me back...that was almost two hours ago and haven't heard back from them yet. My question is...do you think it would be ok to start giving my son the drops from my daughter? She has a bit left and only needs one more drop herself. The drops are not expired, as today is the last day she was suppose to use them. I really REALLY do not want to wait till tomorrow to get him drops because of how contagious this is! Thanks so much in advance ladies!
J.H. answers from Detroit on May 24, 2009
We had the same thing here. My daughter had pink eye, then hubby got it and yes, we just used the same drops and it cleared him up too.
J.R. answers from Detroit on May 24, 2009
Absolutely give him her drops. We recently went through the same thing. I didn't even take the second child in for an office visit. I just used the same drops and voila... no more pink eye and no office visit co-pay.
Best of luck!
R.G. answers from Detroit on May 24, 2009
If you put the Bausch & Lomb contact solution directly in the eye a few times per day, it clears it right up. It has worked wonderfully for both of my kids.
R.W. answers from Jackson on May 24, 2009
We've had much better luck treating pink eye with Similisan Pink Eye remedy. It's an over the counter homeopathic remedy. Literally withing 24-48hours the pink eye is gone and does not come back.
N.W. answers from Detroit on May 26, 2009
I would take him to urgent care...and get a prescription of his own.
N.O. answers from Detroit on May 23, 2009
Well if it were me, I would. It's probably more than likely that he does have the pink eye now because that stuff is horribly contagous. But what i would do first is sanitize the tip of the dropper first really well. Besides the drops might give him some relief. I know it's always best to wait for the doctor, but sometimes mom knows best too.
D.M. answers from Detroit on May 24, 2009
Now you know what pink eye looks like, so go ahead and give it to him. If you're sure it's pink eye and dont want to pay the doc for another appointment, cancel your son's appt and have the office call your pharmacy for the prescriptions for more drops.
And for future reference, whenever one of my boys get sick with something that's contagious (strep throat, pink eye, etc.) I always tell the doc to eiter give me an extra prescription, a refill for the scrip he gives me, or the option to call in for a scrip for the other child without a costly doc visit (them calling in a scrip works for meds that need adjusting due to weight difference in the kids). In most cases, one of these options is acceptable and I save a costly co-pay.
So start the drops on the little guy right away, he'll be fine and you're daughter won't be at risk for catching it again...from him. Have a great holiday weekend!
K.H. answers from Grand Rapids on May 24, 2009
NO!!! You should not use the same drops that you used for your daughter. I know it sounds far-fetched, but the infection may have "mutated" and you will pass that on if you use her drops. Just make sure you all wash your hands often and keep hands off face, eye & mouth areas. Your son will be okay for one more day.
A.L. answers from Grand Rapids on May 24, 2009
Yes, it is ok, to give your son the pink eye medication. Same thing happened between my 3 kids and they all had enough to have all the doses, but all started at different tims. Don't forget to wash your hands when giving and in between, you can get it too.
M.P. answers from Detroit on May 25, 2009
Yes as long as the tip of the eye drop container did not touch your daughter's eye, it would be fine. Since they are so close in age, they would prescribe the same drops for both.
It is a shame that no one called you back after two hours. I would mention that to your pediatrician. However, there may have been an emergency with the nurse on call too.
G.B. answers from Detroit on May 24, 2009
Put in the drops right away!