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Small children, yellow thick discharge from eyes, running noses, dry cough, no fever. Suggestions?

I have a 4yr old 3yr old an my youngest is 6mths an 2days ago my 3yr old woke up with red goopy eyes and now they all have goopy eyes its yellow an thick an they all have coughs an runny noses an the cough is dry an no fevers. I put whole milk in there eyes an it did thin it out some but its still bad so what else should I do can t get in to the doc til next sat.
Asked On : Thu, 17 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Thank you for asking your querry on and giving us this opportunity to clarify your doubt.
Well, from what you say, sounds like it is an infective conjunctivitis that is running in your family currently. Its generally a contagious one, which immediately spreads from one eye to the other especially within the same house. I also want you to check whether any of your kids has got a granular rash on the body. I also hope the 2 elder ones have been vaccinated against measles and all other communicable diseases. If yes, then its not much of a concern, though you must see a pediatrician. They all will need an antibiotic eye drop and an eye ointment for which your doctor can give you the prescription. Meanwhile, you take care that rest of the members of the family are careful while handling the children or any of their things. Wash your hands regularly and keep using hand sanitizer very frequently. Try and keep the childrens eyes clean by wiping the secretions with a clean and sterilised swab of cotton. The eyes should always be cleaned from towards the nose to the outside. Kindly do not send them to school or any other social gatherings. Keep their towels, napkins, clothes and utensils separate. Allow them to drink lots of water and liquids- that will help the secretions to remain thin.
I hope i have been successful in answering your questions aptly and promptly. Hope we did not keep you waiting for a long time. Take care and stay healthy.
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Pathologist and Microbiologist Dr. Anju Choudhary's  Response
hi there, looks like all your children have got conjuctivitis which could be viral to begin with as it is accompanied with runny nose and dry cough but now it has got superadded infection which appears to be bacterial as it is yellow and thick. You need to keep their eyes clean by washing them with lukewarm water and cotton swab to remove the discharge, also they are highly infectious so you need to use a seperate towel and clean your hands thoroughly after atetending to them. They will need eye drops containing both antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory . Usually eye drops like ciplox or gentamicin would be effective if instilled in both the eyes for each child a drop each every 2-3 hrs. You may follow this protocol till you get to visit a doctor which you must to rule out any other cause for the same. Hope this helps. Take care.
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Pediatrician Dr. Synthyia Bhagat's  Response
Thanks for your query,
your children are having allergic conjunctivitis with respiratory symptoms.
I advise you to take them to the meantime sprinkle cold water on eyes 3 to 4 times a day.
wipe eyes not rub them ,give benadryl as per dosage to your children.

Wishing your children good health,
God bless
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