What to Do When Breast Milk Gets in Your Eye?
Breast milk is one of the best things we can give to our babies and young kids. It is healthy and nutritious and the act of breastfeeding is a great way for mothers and babies to physically and emotionally bond. These are just some of the more common benefits of breast milk but did you know that there are other non-conventional benefits of breast milk? One supposed health benefit is that it can address a number of eye issues such as watery or goopy eyes. Is this claim accurate though? What are the other possible health benefits of breast milk? In this article, let us look at the other possible health benefits of breastmilk. Read on and find out more!
Breast Milk Squirted Onto The Eye: What To Do?
For babies and infants, it is quite common to experience tear ducts that are blocked. Fortunately, this issue can go away on its own without any form of treatment. However, there is also the possibility that infection will set in leading to eye discharge that can be quite unsightly on a baby’s cute and beautiful face. Some healthcare professionals will advise the parents of these kids to give the nasal passages and the eyes a gentle massage to promote the movement of the tear ducts and to help free up any possible clogging. In addition, the area may require some form of regularly washing with warm and clear water using a cotton pad or washcloth.
There are some traditional mid-wives though that claim to be able to address the said eye condition in babies and kids through the use of breastmilk. This can be done by having a few drops of the breastmilk directly applied to the eye that is affected. Breast milk can be squirted directly onto the eye but some people might find this a little strange. If that is the case, then people may use a dropper instead.
So what do you do if you get some Breast milk in the eye? The answer is it depends. If you need to apply breastmilk on your eyes for the aforementioned benefits to clogged tear ducts, then you need to let that breastmilk sit there as intended. However, if it was an accidental squirt into the eyes, then wiping the excess milk off using a clean face cloth will mostly do the trick. This is due to the fact that while a lot of anecdotal evidence keeps popping up about the usefulness of breastmilk on the eye, there is no solid evidence to prove that breastmilk is better in treating eye infections than antibiotics. In fact, studies show that breastmilk does not seem to have any clear advantage in terms of treating the eye for any infections.
Other Possible Uses of Breastmilk
Enumerated below are some of the other unconventional uses of breastmilk:
Breast milk can be turned into iced lollipops just to help the baby during his or her teething phase. Also called Momsicles, this piece of genius dessert idea can be created using molds of ice pops. People can also get creative and instead use ice trays using the baby’s pacifier as a form of a handle. They are also very easy to store and keep as they can last for almost half a year if stored in the freezer.
A rubber bulb syringe or a nasal aspirator is necessary for clearing up mucus and in relieving newborns of any congested nasal passages. Both these devices will require a saline drop that is sterile applied or dropped into the nose of the young kid or baby before having the snot sucked out. Instead of the said saline solution though, some moms and healthcare professionals prefer to use drops of breastmilk instead. Experts recommend using this for the nasal cavity as they believe that breastmilk is relatively safe due to its properties that are anti-infective and anti-inflammatory. Babies would recognize the taste of breastmilk but they won’t be able to recognize the saline solution. Some babies may even give a weird look on their face once the breastmilk gets introduced via the nasal passage but at least, breastmilk is something familiar to them and something that they would recognize.
It can be utilized when introducing solid food items
One smart strategy when introducing solid food to babies is to use breastmilk instead of water when mixing in with food items that are solid. This may be veggies, fruits, and purees all with that familiar taste of the baby.
Breast Milk can help in addressing diaper rash- A study conducted in 2013 showed that breast milk can really be effective in addressing various minor skin conditions. But one finding showed that applying breast milk to diaper rash (also known as diaper dermatitis) can help address diaper rash almost as good as its medical counterpart of hydrocortisone. To try this out, parents may first apply the breast milk, let it sit and dry, before having a cream barrier or diaper placed on the baby.
Breast Milk can help with nipples that are sore- Sore nipples are nipples that are raw and chapped and can be a problem during breastfeeding’s first few days or weeks. There are a number of ointments and creams available over-the-counter (OTC) but many moms, consultants, and lactation experts recommend that breastmilk be applied on the sore nipple instead.
Effective against eczema
For mild to moderate eczema or contact dermatitis, breast milk can be effective compared to other artificial products that contain strong chemicals. Experts were able to gather information and found that around of all infants born in the United States will be affected by this skin condition. This can lead to the baby having cracked skin, swollen skin, and red and itchy skin.
While breastmilk can have a number of uses, it is still best to talk to our doctor if symptoms persist.