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How do I apply erythromycin into the eyes of my newborns eyes?

How do I apply erythromycin into the eyes of my newborns eyes?

Create a shelf: Put your thumb on one cheek and tug the lower eyelid down.Place a small ribbon of the Erythromycin in the grouve between the lower lid & eyeball. Do the same for the other eye. You are done. Normal blinking by baby will spread the med. ...Read more

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How do I apply erythromycin into the eyes of my newborn?

How do I apply erythromycin into the eyes of my newborn?

Good technique: If you are unable to open the eyes to put in the drops or ointment, then an effective technique is to apply it to the inner (nasal) corner of the eye while the infant is on his/her back. Then just wait and eventually the eyes will open and the drop will flow into the eye itself. ...Read more

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Is erythromycin eye ointment for newborns required by law in every state?

Is erythromycin eye ointment for newborns required by law in every state?

See below:: Some states require prophylaxis against gonococcal opthalmia. Pros & cons of eyedrops for newborns: http://answers.Google.Com/answers/threadview/id/20050.Html. Check with your state's statutes/laws. There's convincing evidence that blindness due to gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum has become rare in the United States since the implementation of universal prophylaxis of newborns w/out harm! ...Read more

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I was told that erythromycin eye ointment helps protect all the newborns. From pink-eye?

I was told that erythromycin eye ointment helps protect all the newborns.  From pink-eye?

No: Prophylactic use of Erythromycin eye ointment for the newborns is intended to protect their eyes from getting infected with gonorrhea or chlamydia. ...Read more

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Are vitamin K and erythomycin eye oinment mandatory for newborns?

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Are vitamin K and erythomycin eye oinment mandatory for newborns?

Yes for vitamin K: A significant bleeding condition in newborns known as "hemorrhagic disease of newborn" has been eliminated by universal vitamin k administration. Erythromycin eye ointment has been applied to protect newborn's eye from catching chlamydia infection. ...Read more

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My 4 year old got erythromycin ointment for bacterial infection in eye. Looks all cleared up...How long do I need to apply it for? Dr was vague...

How long to treat: Most pinkeye clears up fairly quickly. The ointment can shorten the time and reduce transmission to others. I usually recommend treating for 2 days after the redness and drainage is gone. ...Read more

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Is erythromycin ointment safe for someone who is allergic to keflex/penicillin? Also, if using for eye infection/stye, do I apply it inside my eye?

Is erythromycin ointment safe for someone who is allergic to keflex/penicillin? Also, if using for eye infection/stye, do I apply it inside my eye?

Yes and probably: Erythromycin is a macrolide antibiotic. It is not related to the penecillins nor cephalosporins to which you had allergies. There should be no cross reactivity. The standard treatment for stye is heat and compression (squeezing) then surgical incision and drainage if initial therapy is unsuccessful. If a patient has an eye infection with discharge, the antibiotic ointment goes inside the eyelid. ...Read more

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Normal for 16month old baby to be sleepy while taking erythromycin (after a dexametasone injection)? She also has extremely itchy nose & droopy eyes?

Normal for 16month old baby to be sleepy while taking erythromycin (after a dexametasone injection)? She also has extremely itchy nose & droopy eyes?

Sickness: Excessive sleepiness can be from the sickness itself. The antibiotic can take 24 to 48 hours to start working. She got Dexamethasone injection for what- croup? Or allergy. It will help her feeling better with regards to allergy, cough, swelling, nasal itching. Make sure her nose is not blocked, she drinks enough fluid. See the pediatrician if not better within 48-72 hours. ...Read more

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How is erythromycin ointment applied to your eye to treat pinkeye?

How is erythromycin ointment applied to your eye to treat pinkeye?

Inside lid: You should pull on the lower lid by rolling your finger on the cheek bone. This creates a pocket into which you can apply the ointment which should about a short line from the tube. Release the lid and the ointment will smear over the whole eye with the first blink. ...Read more

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Does erythromycin op treat pink eye?

Does erythromycin op treat pink eye?

Yes, but: A pink eye in adults is usually viral. Erythromycin is an antibiotic that is sometimes prescribed to prevent secondary infection. The viral pink eye has to run its 7-14 day course. ...Read more

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After using erythromycin op for my pink eye it has gotten redder than before is this normal?

After using erythromycin op for my pink eye it has gotten redder than before is this normal?

Not usually: You might becoming sensitive to the ointment, particularly if you've used it for longer than 2 weeks. Although redness is common with conjunctivitis, it usually resolves after 2-3 weeks. Most are viral. If your other symptoms of the pink eye are resolved (discharge, mattering, discomfort, eyelid redness) you're ok to discontinue the erythromycin ointment. Trial preservative free artificial tears. ...Read more

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May I use erythromycin eye ointment on my pink eye?

May I use erythromycin eye ointment on my pink eye?

Depends: Erythromycin is an effective anti-biotic which means it acts against bacteria. If your pink eye is viral, or due to some other cause, the Erythromycin might provide some degree of comfort but will not actually treat the condition. Your ophthalmologist can advise you about the cause of your eye redness. ...Read more

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Erythromycin eye ointment - is it good for kid's pink eye?

Yes: bacterial: It is not my first line choice for bacterial conjunctivitis, however, it is broad spectrum and will work. Always have your pediatrician evaluate/examine before using prescription medications. ...Read more

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