Natural Treatment for Pink Eye in Kids


Posted by Margaret (Lockport, Il) on 01/09/2009
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My son has had pink eye several times and we went thru a phase with no insurance so, my friend suggested very hot Chamomile tea bags pressed to the infected eye for 2-3 minutes 4x per day. Also, just a very hot compress is effective. The key is to catch the pink eye early on and use the compresses several times. You do have to be careful not to burn you cheeks. The heat of the compresses must kill the bacteria in the eyes. Do this for 3-4 days and you should be pink eye free.


Posted by Janci (Dover, Fl) on 07/01/2012
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I had heard about the coffee remedy from a friend of mine, who's a nurse. Finally tried it. My 7-y-o presented with gooey yellow discharge from eye, crusty eyelashes, and pink "whites of the eye". I treated with warm black coffee dropped into the eye, 3 drops, 4 times a day. Within 24 hours, his eye was completely clear. miraculous.

Colloidal Silver

Posted by Dave (Paoli, In) on 05/16/2018
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Colloidal Silver knocked out my pink eye in one day. Felt it coming on Sunday, Tolerated it Monday, my left eyelid was swollen by the end of the day. Tuesday morning it seemed like it was spreading to the other eye. Used an eye dropper an applied several drops of colloidal silver to each eye that morning. It was better by night. Applied a few more drops to each eye Tuesday evening. On Wednesday symptoms were gone.

Posted by Mommy V (Washington, D. C.) on 05/04/2011
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Recently, my 16-month old son woke up with a puffy, oozing, bright-red eye, which he rubbed and rubbed. I was not willing to try ACV on a baby, as I'm sure it burns like crazy. I had some coconut oil on hand, which I used until I could run to the store. But, he rubbed and rubbed, leaving an oily mess all over the clothes and furniture. That evening, I purchased some colloidal silver (30 ppm), and placed one drop in each eye, twice a day for two days. It cleared up in 24 hours, but I continued for another day just to make sure he'd licked it. The drops were gentle, quick, and effective.

Replied by Karen
Dorset, U.k.

hi, I have a 14 month old baby with pink eye, I am spraying colloidal silver on 2 cotton pads then gently wiping over each eye. Do you think this will work as putting a drop into her eye will not be easy. Also should I only use it for 2 days? Thank you.

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc


I recommend that Colloidal Silver in eyes not be used more than two days ... twice daily. And on eyelids, it should get into eyes nicely. I've had pink eye four or five times in last 20 years and that have been my formula. Never tried with toddler however. But up until 15 years ago in America the standard, as I recall, was to apply a bit of silver nitrate in cream form into babies eyes as newborns to protect from some kind of possible problem. So I am guessing that a bit of silver won't hurt. Check with doc to get their opinion.

Posted by Mollyisamum (Watertown, Sd) on 02/28/2011
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Having 10 children, I have run into pink eye occasionally and find it annoying at best. We don't have a coloidal silver maker, so I just buy it at the health food store. I pour some in a plastic spoon and put the affected eye into the liquid to sit for a few moments. It feels soothing right away. We do this every hour or so for the first day, and three times per day after that until it is gone. We have never had to use it more than two days.

Colloidal Silver and Chamomile

Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, US) on 06/06/2014
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Two of my children had pink-eye (conjunctivitis.) They woke up with goopy eyes. My 5 year old's eyelid was swollen and my 10 year old's eye was quite bloodshot. I treated both eyes for two days. I put colloidal silver, one drop, into each eye, morning and evening for two days. (Because it is highly contagious it is best to treat both eyes instead of just the one that looks bad.)

Because the eyes looked so irritated, I made chamomile poultices for the eyes. I took dry chamomile flowers and put some in a tiny bowl. I boiled water and covered the flowers with it, just to moisten. I took several clean small squares of cut up white t-shirt (that I keep on hand for all sorts of medical applications.) I put a little bit of the flowers into each square and folded over the edges. It was kind of like a fancy tea bag. A store bought chamomile tea bag could be used, but I didn't have any. I had both children lay down and put the cloth covered flowers over the closed eyes. (I waited until they were warm but not hot.) I set a timer for 10 minutes, during which time they kept the chamomile poultices on they closed eyes. (It was nice and quiet expect they kept asking how many more minutes! :) ) Then they tossed their "tea bags" and had a lot of relief. I did this twice a day and the silver twice a day, for two days. (I believe Dave recommends silver in the eyes no more than for two days?)

Usually I use charcoal water for pinkeye. I keep some in a dropper bottle. But I couldn't find it and decided to try this. I like to know about lots of different ways to treat the same problem. You never know what you will have available.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Daniela

hi, I have viral pink eye, my mother had it, my father and my dauther, she's 2, and she has it hemorragic. It's really bad. I got yersterday the colloidal silver 10mmp and put one drop on each eye. And return home and put two more drops after 4 hours. Today I put 2 drops on each eye. So... should I put only tonight? And I read Ghana no more than 2 days right?

I'm from México sorry if my english is not so good. I'll wait for your answer as soon as possible.


Posted by Basheer (Stanger, Kzn, South Africa) on 11/03/2012
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My 8 year old daughter woke up with pink itchy eyes. I grated cucumber and placed over her eyelids for 10-15 minutes. It is now 9hrs later and she says the her eyes have not yet troubled her today.

Green Tea Bags

Posted by Carla (Media, PA) on 12/11/2007
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I treated my 6 1/2 year old with soaked green tea bags when he came home, later before bed and once more the following morning - and the pink eye is GONE! THANK YOU EARTHCLINIC.COM

Lemon Juice

Posted by Jennifer (Dallas, Tx) on 11/09/2009
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I used lemon juice to treat pink eye. I read about a number of natural cures, and in the end lemon juice won because it's what I had on hand. My 16 mo old daughter had been fighting a case of viral pink eye for a few days and I was starting to show symptoms as well. I diluted approx. 1 teas in 8 oz of water. I found this to sting only for a few seconds. I treated myself and the signs of pink eye onset were gone almost immediately. I also snuck into my daughter's room and dropped the diluted lemon juice in her eye several times while she was sleeping, and applied it several times throughout the day today. Her eyes is almost completely healed and I am confident she will be back to normal tomorrow. Thanks!

Replied by Jennifer
Dallas, Tx

This is Jennifer again. Just wanted to update that daughter's pink eye was in fact completely gone the next morning.

Posted by Mellisa (Lake Placid, New York) on 04/06/2009
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When my 7 month old came down with pink eye from a toy at wal mart, I was searching everywhere on how to clear it up and i found several different ways but i was looking for something that wouldn't harm a baby. Then i found the lemon juice and the tea bags so while she was sleeping i cleaned all the crust off her eyes and put the lemon juice diluted with warm water of course on her eye and then put the tea bags on her eyes and when she woke up 5 minutes later she was perfectly fine

Milk Kefir

Posted by Matthieu (St-georges, Quebec, Canada) on 11/16/2011
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Instead of using breast milk for pink eye because it's no longer available for our 2 and 4 years old children, we use kefir whey. The protocol is to wash the eye of the child as often as needed with a clean soft cloth full of kefir whey. We had this problem at least 5 times (not close in time to each other! ) and it has always worked! The first time we got this problem, the doctor wanted to give our children anti-biotics.

We (my wife and myself) though that it would be only *logical* for kefir whey to heal that ailment because it was a bacterial infection and kefir (and kefir whey) it full of really strong bacteria that are helpful to us humans, but very lethal to other strong and bad bacteria that our body cannot easily get rid of by itself without some help. It is said that an experiment was done where they put some excrement in the kefir, and after some days the excrement (bacteria) disappeared from the kefir (and the kefir was still as good). Unfortunately there's not much studies done on this in the west and we must rely on hearsays for information about this. Reason : it's not patentable, no money to make from this.

We suggested the remedy to a couple of friends whom their children had this problem and the problem was gone really fast ... After one day of treatment, the infection begins to leave. After 3 days, nothing left.

To get a hand on this remedy, you must make yourself your own kefir (must not be commercial). You must use a good method of kefir preparation (many available online) so that the whey and the curd gets a clear separation after some time. The whey is at the bottom : siphon it off with a plastic hose. You can get the hose at an hardware store. To help with your search, look for a plastic hose replacement used for ice making modules in fridges. When you siphon off, it doesn't matter if there's some curd (white clogged milk particles) in it.

If the eye infection is of viral nature, I don't know if this remedy will help (but should not worsen). But if it's of a bacterial nature, it will surely work for you. And I suppose most eye infections are caused by bad bacteria.

Hope it'll help someone!