Last Saturday we went swimming with some friends at church and three hours in the pool was way to much for their little systems. Chlorine is really hard on your body and when you swallow large amounts of chlorinated water it kills all of the bacteria, good and bad, in your digestive system. Your immune health is only as healthy as your digestive tract.
So, add the pool on Saturday to the germ pool on Sunday at church and you end up with three sick kids, two that have gotten pink eye because their noses are so stuffed up. I don't like antibiotics, they are way overused and are really, really hard on your entire body. Similason has homeopathic pink eye drops that work great, but an even better remedy is bread dipped in scalded milk and them placed on the eye as a poultice. This is all my mom ever did when we were kids and it is all I have ever done with my kids. We usually do one eye at a time and read a huge stack of books as a distraction. Some might be tempted to use candy as a distraction, but don't. The sugar in candy feeds the bad bacteria in your system and you can end up with a yeast overgrowth in no time. Stale bread works best because it holds up when wet better.
Simply scald some milk on the stove in a small pan and then dip your bread into it. Let it cool enough so that your child can tolerate it on their eye and then let it sit there until it is cool, about ten minutes. It draws out all the gunk in the tear duct, thus getting rid of the infection because the eye can work properly again. It may take more than one treatment, but I don't think that I have ever had to do it more than twice.
For all you moms out there that are still breastfeeding, breastmilk is also great for pink eye because of it antibacterial properties.